[TUHS] forgotten versions

George Michaelson ggm at algebras.org
Fri Jun 17 09:18:50 AEST 2022

you're not wrong, but the other take on this is that the AT&T
licensing and some other things tended to make the circle of people
who could "see" this code significantly smaller than those feeding off
Unix 32V/v7 -> BSD -> Solaris.

this isn't meant to imply you did anything "wrong" -It was probably a
huge distraction having randoms begging for a tape of v8/9/10 with low
to no willingness to "give back"


On Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 9:06 AM Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:
> Excited as I was to see this history of Unix code in a single repository:
> https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-repo
> 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.
> -rob

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