Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones sprouted from failure
September 23, 2019 7:37 AM Subscribe
Unix, the operating system that in one derivative or another powers nearly all smartphones sold worldwide, was born 50 years ago from the failure of an ambitious project that involved titans like Bell Labs, GE, and MIT. Largely the brainchild of a few programmers at Bell Labs, the unlikely story of Unix begins with a meeting on the top floor of an otherwise unremarkable annex at the sprawling Bell Labs complex in Murray Hill, New Jersey. Unix at 50, Richard Jensen (Ars Technica) recaps the era from Multics (MIT; Multicians) to GNU and Linus Torvalds, pulling heavily from science historian Michael S. Mahoney's interviews (Princeton).
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