[TUHS] Happy birthday, Ken Thompson!

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Mon Feb 4 08:55:37 AEST 2019

On Mon, 4 Feb 2019, Dave Horsfall wrote:

> On Mon, 4 Feb 2019, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> Without Unix, Microsoft would not have created Microsoft "Windows".
> I'd like to see some evidence for that; without Unix, what would we be 
> running now?  I doubt whether it would've been Linux, there being no 
> inspiration for it...
> My vague (and rough) recollection is CP/M -> DOS -> Windows.
>> Even it has roots in Unix.
> Only inasmuch as it has directories, users, and permissions (which any 
> semi-decent OS would have anyway)...  Admittedly I have never compromised my 
> integrity by using/programming it, so I am willing to be corrected.
> And yes, I know about POSIX compatibility, but so is Linux, and it's 
> different enough from Unix to be damned annoying.
> -- Dave

Keep in mind that the MS-DOS 2 "handles" API for file access is based 
*directly* on Xenix, and replaced the MS-DOS 1 "FCB" API borrowed from 


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