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

Amol Hatwar amol@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Thu Jun 16 14:50:30 IST 2005

On Thu, 2005-06-16 at 14:16 +0530, Vinayak Hegde wrote:
> 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)

Thanks boss I stand corrected. But I'd really like to see from where you
get this bit of trivia :).



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