Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Oct 2011 00:28 UTC
General Unix Twitter is currently buzzing about the death of Dennis Ritchie, the visionary creator of UNIX and C, among other things. We hope it's just a false rumor. Story developing, we will be updating. Update: Unfortunately, it seems to be confirmed. Rob Pike, co-creator of the Plan 9 and Inferno OSes, who has worked with Ritchie in the past, and he's currently working for Google's GO language, posted this.
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RE[6]: horrible to hear
by danieldk on Thu 13th Oct 2011 10:45 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: horrible to hear"
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There is no reason to believe they wouldn't have developed or bought another operating system (either NeXT or Apple). Windows (NT) was mostly written from scratch.

There are other possible parellel universes were other systems became dominant. But they didn't, and that speaks for Thompson and Ritchie's work, and they should be honored for that.

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