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Timesharing and Tinycore!
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:34:04 PM »
Working with the venerable ed editor, (preceded by qed) by Ken Thompson of ATT > Google, I'm reminded a bit of the past events which led us to where we are today pre-Unix.

Short and sweet and very over-simplified!

Two different cultures starting with CTSS and ITS eventually meet.  CTSS morphed into Multics, which morphed into Unix.  Forced to license os research by being granted a monopoly on phone/comm tech, ATT had to share with uni's and corporations that were willing to pay an exhorbitant license.  The rest is history we all probably know.


ITS was the free wheeling opposite of CTSS and Multics, lotsa LISP, and the eventual blowout of the MIT AI lab, where RMS got really pissed off when that free-wheeling anarchistic sharing environment just switched sides on him.  Which got us emacs and gcc and gnu and the rest is history...


Which of course leads to Tinycore.  All this from being reminded by the ed editor where we came from. :)

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