Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2007 16:44 UTC, submitted by Oliver
General Unix "This is extraordinary news for all nerds, computer scientists and the Open Source community: the source code of the MULTICS operating system (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service), the father of UNIX and all modern OSes, has finally been opened [get it here]. Multics was an extremely influential early time-sharing operating system started in 1964 and introduced a large number of new concepts, including dynamic linking and a hierarchical file system. It was extremely powerful, and UNIX can in fact be considered to be a 'simplified' successor to MULTICS (the name 'Unix' is itself a hack on 'Multics'). The last running Multics installation was shut down on October 31, 2000."
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by maxx_730 on Mon 12th Nov 2007 17:07 UTC
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I hope this will entice more companies to release the source code to their EOL'd products! In practical terms this isnt of much use of course, however it will be fun for OS hobbyists.

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