[TUHS] The UNIX Command Language (1976)

Theodore Y. Ts'o tytso at mit.edu
Tue Dec 1 04:13:06 AEST 2020

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:54:37AM -0500, Clem Cole wrote:
> I think the academics went LaTex and that had more to do with it.   LaTex
> was closer to Scribe for the PDP-10s and Vaxen, which had a short head lead
> on all them until it went walled garden when CMU sold the rights (and even
> its author - Brian Ried) could not use it at a Stanford.

The other issue to consider is how easily could you typeset a
super-complex math expression (with integrals, sigmas, matricies,
etc., etc.) using eqn vs Scribe vs LaTeX.

For at least some of the stuff I needed to do when I was type-setting
problem set results (there was an informal competition between some of
the students regarding whose homework would get redistributed by the
TA's as the official problem set answer to the rest of the class), I
found LaTeX easier to use than Scribe, and I had access to all three
as an MIT undergraduate.  Granted, that could have been a matter of
personal preference, and I never did try to use eqn for that purpose.

	    	  	    	   - Ted

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