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Old Unix and Linux 10-16-2002   -   Original Discussion by pudad
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Just curious, does Unix stand for anything?

If not, where did the name come from?
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The authors of unix had worked on another OS first. It was called Multics for Multiplexed Information and Computing System. Unix was named after multics and was intended as sort of an insult since Multics had become too complex. I have seen some sources that claim the unix was originally spelled unics and was shortened to unix as sort of an early example of hacker spelling.

Multics may still be around somewhere. It was still being used in the late 80's.
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this may help...

http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/hist.html

and as for the existence of MULTICS, the last system was dismantled in 2000... here are some links...

a painful letter announcing the dismantling of last MULTICS h/w

http://www.multicians.org/corby-letter.html

http://www.multicians.org/
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UNiplexed Information and Computing System...

For all I know this could have led from something else but at one point it was spelled UNICS...

Dont know where the change came from but I think UNIX might be UNiplexed Information eXchange...


Oh yeah, and LINUX is LINus UniX for the man responsible for it's creation, Linus Torvalds...
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Old Unix and Linux 10-17-2002   -   Original Discussion by pudad
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UNiplexed Information and Computing System...

For all I know this could have led from something else but at one point it was spelled UNICS...

Dont know where the change came from but I think UNIX might be UNiplexed Information eXchange...


Oh yeah, and LINUX is LINus UniX for the man responsible for it's creation, Linus Torvalds...
Well I knew that Linux
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I thought he just called it linux becuase it naturally ran together with UNIX and Linus. Oh well, if I ever become an OS programmer, I can call my creation ALEX, and make up some useless ancronym for it.
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Old Unix and Linux 10-18-2002   -   Original Discussion by pudad
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lol, kinda like Perl.
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