[TUHS] ACM Fellow, Ken Thompson
heinz at osta.com
Wed Jan 20 08:29:57 AEST 2021
INTERACTIVE Systems Corp. (ISC) also ported a UNIX system to an
early VAX 750 computer running DEC's VMS operating system
starting in mid- 1978. ISC was in the business of porting the
UNIX operating system to many different computer hardware
architectures, mini-computers to mainframes, but the first
complete UNIX system port was actually done to the DEC VMS
system. We delivered the first UNIX on VMS system to a customer
in the Fall of 1979. Many of these systems were delivered to
customers in North America as well as in Europe well into
On 1/15/2021 6:29 PM, Warner Losh wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 3:18 PM John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org
> <mailto:cowan at ccil.org>> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 3:14 PM Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org
> <mailto:dave at horsfall.org>> wrote:
> > Whose foray? Not DEC's. Eunice was built at SRI and sold by
> > Wollongong Group, who must have had Downundrian connections.
> It was
> originally developed ca. 1981 by David Kashtan at SRI and later
> maintained and marketed by The Wollongong Group.''
> Where's the disagreement?
> Eunice post-dated DEC's first Unix offering by several years. They
> sold V7 and later V7M before rebranding it to Ultrix. Eunice was
> 4.1BSD (later 4.2 and 4.3) that Dr Kashtan grafted into VMS in ways
> that... provoke strong feelings among reviewers... The TCP/IP stack
> that was inside of Eunice would form the basis for Wollongong's TCP/IP
> offerings on VMS... A more refined version, also done I think by
> Kashtan, was marketed by TGV and there was always much rivalry between
> the two companies...
> Wollongong got its license because they were the marketing company
> formed to market Dr. Miller's port to Interdata, and they later
> branched out significantly because their license was so special... Or
> at least that's the story they told customers and internally... I
> never saw the original license to know...
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