The strange birth and long life of Unix

  title={The strange birth and long life of Unix},
  author={Warren Toomey},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  • W. Toomey
  • Published 28 November 2011
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Spectrum
The classic operating system turns 40, and its progeny abound - They say that when one door closes on you, another opens. People generally offer this bit of wisdom just to lend some solace after a misfortune. But sometimes it's actually true. It certainly was for Ken Thompson and the late Dennis Ritchie, two of the greats of 20th-century information technology, when they created the Unix operating system, now considered one of the most inspiring and influential pieces of software ever written. 
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