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[Discuss] Old Unix humor/history "The Unix Cult"
- Subject: [Discuss] Old Unix humor/history "The Unix Cult"
- From: bill.n1vux at gmail.com (Bill Ricker)
- Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:32:52 -0500
"The Unix Cult" Peter Collinson (1986) "This paper was written for the Winter Usenix in 1986. David Tilbrook had arranged a `history of UNIX' day, with speakers on different aspects of what UNIX meant. He asked me to do `the social side'. Like an idiot, I accepted. It was hard to think of a way of illustrating what it all meant without being crass. So, on a long car journey, the idea of the paper was born. I think that some of the jokes did work and there are one or two really good phrases. Take a look." http://www.hillside.co.uk/articles/cult.html = - = - = - Commentary from Bill (aka wdr & n1vux) -- I was using Unix then, lived through the last few years of that history and knew the rest of it as our pre-history. (First Unix i used was PWB (after Bell v.6, before Bell/ATT v.7) on 11/45, quickly upgraded to BSD3 on 11/70; and soon thereafter our department bought a share of a small early VAX with BSD4. Much upgrades were done there as usage grew ... ) It's recognizable history, but written before Gnu (let along Linux/Gnu) was obviously viable. (Gnu manifesto had been declared, but before the first coherent GCC and usertools release.) (Since Dennis Ritchie was my Scotch and Internet-pre-history mentor MAP's officemate until Bell Labs pulled out of MULTICS at MIT LCS/MAC, MAP always refereed to Unix as Dennis's idiot child. Since dmr had said Unix was one of whatever Multics was many of, to refute the "Multics castrated" obvious pun, this was not as untoward as one might think. The Aunt that Dennis roomed with while on MULTICS project was a volunteer at The Computer Museum Boston with me. Small world!)