[ih] Unix vs. Multics (was - Re: what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol)
mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Mon Aug 22 14:13:22 PDT 2016
On 8/22/16 4:03 PM, John Klensin wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>> > From: Dave Crocker
>> > On 8/22/2016 8:00 AM, John Day wrote:
>> >> Unix is of course a castrated Multics.
Well, certainly a pun on the name.
Just for the heck of it, I tried to track down an authoritative source
for the general statement that Unix is a pun on Multics.
"The name Unics (UNiplexed Information and Computing Service, pronounced
as "eunuchs"), a pun on Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computer
Services), was initially suggested for the project in 1970: the new
operating system was an emasculated Multics. Peter H. Salus credits
Peter Neumann with the pun, while Brian Kernighan claims the coining
for himself, and adds that "no one can remember" who came up with the
final spelling Unix. Dennis Ritchie also credits Kernighan."
[with the citations left on wikipedia]
I also found this:
> Message-ID: <4743 at Aucbvax.UUCP>
> Newsgroups: fa.unix-wizards
> Date: Wed Oct 28 00:22:45 1981
> Subject: Origins of unix
> From: unix-wizards
> >From ihnss!karn at Berkeley Tue Oct 27 23:06:04 1981
> At the January USENIX meeting, Dennis Ritchie emphatically denied
> that "Unix" was derived from "castrated MULTICS".
And, of course, the classic Dilbert: http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-11-09
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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