[TUHS] Windows roots and Unix influence (was Re: Happy birthday, Ken Thompson!)

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Feb 7 09:22:16 AEST 2018

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Nemo Nusquam <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 02/06/18 16:51, Dan Cross wrote:
>> Also, on a less martial track, one of the things I vividly remember
>> about the NT introduction were the many dire predictions that this
>> spelled the imminent death of Unix. NT would sweep all before it into
>> the dustbin of evolutionary history and Microsoft would achieve total
>> world domination. It seems that Linux was the rebel alliance to that
>> galactic war, though. I'm curious what others thought of those
>> predictions: did they even get onto your radar?
> I remember attending a Unix International meeting where the mood was one
> of fear and despondency.  I thought their attitude insane but the few I
> spoke with thought that NT would take over the world.  (I encountered the
> same at a satnav meeting.  Motorola's satellites were in orbit -- I forgot
> the name of the actual venture -- and MS had just paired with somebody to
> put their own satellites up.  Fear everywhere.)

Wasn't that Iridium? A joint venture with Qualcomm, IIRC.
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