[TUHS] forgotten versions
earl.baugh at gmail.com
Fri Jun 17 09:17:06 AEST 2022
I’ve only cursorily heard of versions past v7.
I personally be interested in hearing the history and seeing what changes/improvements/differences came in those versions.
I’ve learned that the Unix history I thought I knew had huge gaping holes in it from this list and members. Joe Ossanna’s contributions, for example, were a complete revelation to me.
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> On Jun 16, 2022, at 7:06 PM, Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:
> Excited as I was to see this history of Unix code in a single repository:
> it continues the long-standing tradition of ignoring all the work done at Bell Labs after v7. I consider v8 v9 v10 to be worth of attention, even influential, but to hear this list talk about it - or discussions just about anywhere else - you'd think they never existed. There are exceptions, but this site does reinforce the broadly known version of the story.
> It's doubly ironic for me because people often mistakenly credit me for working on Unix, but I landed at the Labs after v7 was long dispatched. At the Labs, I first worked on what became v8.
> I suppose it's because the history flowed as this site shows, with BSD being the driving force for a number of reasons, but it feels to me that a large piece of Unix history has been sidelined.
> I know it's a whiny lament, but those neglected systems had interesting advances.
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