Unix Creators at DEC PDP11

Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson at a pretty well maxed out DEC PDP11 computer and two Teletype model 33 terminals.

 

See Unix's timeline at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix

 

See Unix's story at Bell Labs: www.bell-labs.com/history/unix/

 

See Unix's evolution at: cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/hist.html

 

For those interested in telephone related uses of Unix see below:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switching_Control_Center_System

 

And: viswiki.com/en/Switching_Control_Center_System

 

 

  • Elijah 6y

    There were days I set my TERM=33 to get into "open mode" in real vi. Made very bad modem connections a bit more usabale. I picked it because it had the smallest entry in /etc/termcap.
  • PanelSwitchman 6y

    I never had sucess using VI with a TTY. I used to use 'ed'. Later on having access to DEC VT-100 CRT's I learned to use 'vi' and still use it today under Windows NT, 2000, XP and Unix/Linux...

    There was a company that made a great set of Unix tools for Windows 95,NT,2000,XP & DOS machines called Thompson Toolkit. It was at:

    www.tasoft.com/main.html

    Very small and compact. True too Unix. Not like that UWIN
    bloatware. TTK supported input/output redirection, pipes, Bourne shell scripts, AWK, grep, etc.

    If interested you can try and reach them at support@tasoft.com
  • Elijah 6y

    Nah, Windows is not something I use regularly. I've got a linux box at work, a linux laptop at home, a netbsd shell account for my email. I still find myself using ed from time to time, mostly by accident. Try a "crontab -e" on a Solaris box before you've set $EDITOR.... But I know enough ed to be able to use it.
  • PanelSwitchman 6y

    Yea, yea, yea
    ed huh
    ?
    a
    Hello
    .
    /Hello/
    Hello
    q!

    ed and sed has its uses just like grep.
    Which version of Linux do you find to be most compatable?
    My newest machine has USB KBD&Mouse and Linux does not seem to like them.
  • Elijah 6y

    I don't get religious about distros. I use both Ubuntu and SUSE currently. USB keyboards and mice haven't given me any problems.
  • PanelSwitchman 6y

    Well I guess I'll have to try Ubuntu.
  • RNaturista 6y

    Historic image: where Unix and GNU/Linux revolution were born. But...Where are the monitors, the speakers for audio and the mouse??? :)))))))
  • PanelSwitchman 6y

    GNU/Linux was not born until years later.

    Monitors, Speakers, Mouse?? These are the early days. 110 Baud teletypes, upper case only black & white CRT terminals from manufacturers long forgotten.

    Ah, to sit back and wait for hours while you printed some long source code on a Teletype...
  • j00tel 4y

    This is a beautiful picture...
  • PanelSwitchman 4y

    Yes it is. A collectors edition in many ways.
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