@Full_marx A vintage DEC PDP-7, I believe a similar model was the first machine to ever run #Unix.

A little paper punched tape at foreground by the console.


To hear a machine think!!

So much work for a simple hello world.

We have come so far!!

@Full_marx Yeah, my memory was correct! :smile:

"Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson were the programmers at the Bell Labs computing and research department who worked on project MULTICS from start to end. Thompson found an old PDP-7 machine, and developed his own application programs and operating system from scratch, aided by Ritchie and others. This operating system was renamed UNIX.

In November 1971, the first version of UNIX was released along with a book called ‘The UNIX Programmers Manual’. This was the systematic development approach at that time – a product would be released with proper documentation so that researchers could read the manual and look at the OS details."

And from Wikipedia :

"Ken Thompson, a programmer in the Labs' computing research department, had worked on Multics. He decided to write his own operating system. While he still had access to the Multics environment, he wrote simulations for the new file and paging system[clarification needed] on it. He also programmed a game called Space Travel, but it needed a more efficient and less expensive machine to run on, and eventually he found a little-used Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-7 at Bell Labs.[4][5] On the PDP-7, in 1969, a team of Bell Labs researchers led by Thompson and Ritchie, including Rudd Canaday, implemented a hierarchical file system, the concepts of computer processes and device files, a command-line interpreter, and some small utility programs, modeled on the corresponding features in Multics, but simplified.[3] The resulting system, much smaller and simpler than Multics, was to become Unix. In about a month's time, in August 1969, Thompson had implemented a self-hosting operating system with an assembler, editor and shell, using a GECOS machine for bootstrapping.[6] "



@design_RG @smj

I wanna understand what makes Unix so much more less vulnerable than windows - OS/2 or NT.

I mean microsoft spent decades trying to refine and build something to the level of Unix (something that was created on a piece of paper and a machine that sounded like a refrigerator)

I mean the only reason Unix lost consumer popularity was because it got hidden away after the break up of At&t.


Very long post! 

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