Seth Gordon sgordon at
Wed Feb 24 10:50:10 PST 1999

Doyle Saylor wrote:

> ...The operating system of computing ought to be based upon the
> public interest.

Umm ... how should a nationalized operating-system provider determine what kind of operating system is in the public interest?

> Obviously monopoly interests run counter to public
> interests or unix would have been the standard to begin with.

According to the _New Hacker's Dictionary_, the first version of Unix was written in 1969 by Ken Thompson, so he could play games on a scavenged PDP-7. The features that made it worthy of being a standard were added later (and people continue to add more today).

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