[TUHS] ACM Fellow, Ken Thompson

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sat Jan 16 06:14:01 AEST 2021

On Thu, 14 Jan 2021, John Cowan wrote:

> > Congratubloodylations, as we say down-under; it is well-deserved.
> > 
> > Without Unix I'd probably still be supporting RSX-11 and VMS etc; 
> > their foray into Unix (Eunice) was doomed.
> Whose foray?  Not DEC's.  Eunice was built at SRI and sold by the 
> Wollongong Group, who must have had Downundrian connections.  I was 
> always very happy with it, as I am with Cygwin today.  Ultrix, on the 
> other hand, was DEC's: a BSD with SysV hacks, as opposed to Solaris 
> which was the other way around.

I have alternative facts :-)


``Eunice was a Unix-like working environment for VAX computers
   running DEC's VAX/VMS, based on the BSD version of Unix. It was
   originally developed ca. 1981 by David Kashtan at SRI[1] and later
   maintained and marketed by The Wollongong Group.''

> The Dilbert strip probably explains why everyone who could, wore beards 
> in those days.  Just to prevent that mistake.

At one place I worked, every Unix bod sported facial fungus; it must be a 
Unix thing...

-- Dave

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