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[2]: Hard to avoid comparisons
by FunkyELF on Thu 13th Oct 2011 11:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Hard to avoid comparisons"
FunkyELF
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That's too easy. Ritchie and Thompson made a great operating system, that was only used in the confines of some universities and companies. Berkeley (BSD), Sun (Solaris), and later Linux and Apple (yes, Apple) brought UNIX to great heights. Without those other players, UNIX would probably be fairly obscure.


Not sure I agree with you. Unix was in heavy use running the internet before Apple switched to BSD. You may be right about Solaris and the other flavors of BSD, but at least someone can stand on Ritchie's shoulders without getting sued. You can get sued just for looking at Job's shoulders.

Don't forget that Ritchie was the co-creator of C as well. What is Windows written in? He had profound influence on any operating system that isn't a toy. And most of the toy OS's that aren't written in C are running on some Java or .NET VM implemented in C.

BTW... You don't need to go and point me to some OS written entirely in assembly OS or some self-hosting language... I'm sure they exist too.

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