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Quarter Century of UNIX, A

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  • Copyright 1994
  • Dimensions: 6-1/4x9-1/4
  • Pages: 272
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-54777-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-54777-1

On June 12, 1972, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie wrote, "the number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected." Two years later the number was 50. It is estimated that there are over 3 million UNIX systems in operation today ...

UNIX is a software system that is simple, elegant, portable, and powerful. It grew in popularity without the benefit of a large marketing organization. Programmers kept using it; big companies kept fighting it. After a decade, it was clear that the users had won. A Quarter Century of UNIX is the first book to explain this incredible success, using the words of its creators, developers, and users to illustrate how the sociology of a technical group can overwhelm the intent of multi-billion-dollar corporations. In preparing to write this book, Peter Salus interviewed over 100 of these key figures and gathered relevant information from Australia to Austria. This is the book that turns UNIX folklore into UNIX history.

The book provides the first documented history of the development of the UNIX operating system, includes interviews with over 100 key figures in the UNIX community, contains classic photos and illustrations, and explains why UNIX succeeded.



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Table of Contents



Acknowledgments.


Preface.


Introduction<P>

I. GENESIS.

 0. Prelude to Space.
 1. Summer 1969-Fall 1970.
 2. Calculating and Computing.
 3. Operating Systems.
 4. Project MAC: CTSS and Multis<P>

II. BIRTH OF A SYSTEM.

 5. The PDP-11.
 6. First Edition, 1971.
 7. C and Pipes: 1971-1973.
 8. The First Paper-1973.
 9. The Law-Part I.
Status 1974.

III. WHAT MAKES UNIX UNIX?

10. The Users.
11. Why Unix?
12. Style and Tools.
13. PWB and MERT.
14. Utilities.

IV. UNIX SPREADS AND BLOSSOMS.

15. The Users-Part II.
16. Berkeley Unix: Part I.
17. Version 7.
18. Berkeley Unix: Part II.
19. Commercial Unix.
20. DEC.
21. The Law-Part II.

V. THE UNIX INDUSTRY.

22. /usr/group.
23. Sun and JAWS.
24. Standards.

VI. THE CURRENTS OF CHANGE.

25. Duelling Unixes.
26. Offspring Systems.
27. OSF and UI.
28. Berkeley Unix: After the VAX.
29. The Law-Part III.

VII. FINALIE.

Finale: What Made It Work?
Further Reading.
Who's Who and What's What.
Index. 0201547775T04062001

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