[ILUG-BOM] Most profound Linux/MS Comparison yet

Vinayak Hegde vinayakh@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Thu Jun 16 14:16:08 IST 2005

On 6/16/05, Amol Hatwar <amol at hatwar.org> wrote:
> Hehe... just as a fact from computing history, the word UNIX stems from
> eunuch. It (UNIX) was started as an alternative to MULTICS.

The word UNIX is a wordplay on MULTICS coined by Brian Kernighan. 
Uno == one , Multi = many. UNIX was earlier known as UNICS which 
led to jokes (UNIX = castrated Multics) as it was a homophone of eunuch.
(btw UNICS = Uniplexed Information and Computing System).

So the origin of UNIX does not lie in the word eunuch. Some websites
also wrongly attribute the origin of word UNIX as 
UNIX = eunuch + Multics. Actually it was intended to be
UNIX = uni-Multics (UNICS)

--> Vinayak H

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