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