Anecdotes and Folklore about PDP Unix

  Here are some interesting bits of folklore about PDP Unix. I do have some bits from old AUUGNs which I haven't scanned in yet, but I don't have any editions before Vol. 5. Does anybody else have any anecdotes?

PDP Unix Oral History

In the Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 12, Number 4, 1990, p.264, it was stated that:

An oral history project to document the development of the Unix system has been initiated by AT&T Bell laboratories, the birthplace of Unix. The year-long project will include interviews with such Unix pioneers as Dennis Richie, Ken Thompson, and Doug McIlroy. The first cassette, titled "Release 0, the Beginning", is available by contacting Michael E. Miller, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Room 1L-414, JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ, USA, 07078.

In January 1994, Russell Schulz received a paper letter from AT&T which said (in part):

The AT&T Corporate Archives is in the process of transcribing and editing the tapes on the UNIX Project. The transcriptions are halfway finished and need to be approved by the interviewees and corrected. This process should be completed in approximately six months. At that time, a decision will be made as to how these transcriptions will be used.

Usenet News Postings about PDP Unix



Stuff from old AUUG Newsletters

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Warren Toomey
Wed Feb 21 12:10:14 EST 1996