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]: horrible to hear
by Morgan on Thu 13th Oct 2011 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE: horrible to hear"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Because we've now lost not one but two visionaries of the tech world within a week.

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RE[3]: horrible to hear
by zima on Thu 13th Oct 2011 02:07 in reply to "RE[2]: horrible to hear"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Well I don't know about Steve Jobs, but Dennis Ritchie (also a mathematician, after all) would possibly reprimand us for that one ;) (probability of unrelated events, birthday paradox, and such)

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RE[3]: horrible to hear
by spstarr on Thu 13th Oct 2011 02:27 in reply to "RE[2]: horrible to hear"
spstarr Member since:
2006-02-21

Without Dennis Ritchie there would be no Apple, No Jobs, No Microsoft, .. I can go on.... We owe a big respect for Dennis, RIP :'(

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RE[4]: horrible to hear
by JonathanBThompson on Thu 13th Oct 2011 06:35 in reply to "RE[3]: horrible to hear"
JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

Your knowledge of tech history is very limited, and clearly flat out wrong in this: C for microcomputers came well after either Apple or Microsoft was founded, and had no meaningful impact on the formation of either one: they (Apple and Microsoft) had no meaningful usage of C until many years after each was founded and successful, and other than their respective dives into their own Unix or similar OSes, C wasn't used by them at all: the machines they worked with had way too little RAM. MacOS and DOS were written mostly in assembly: the 8-bit OSes (other than Apple's UCSD Pascal system) were, definitely before the later CP/M mutants. C was way too much of a hog for native compiling in a sane way. Both Windows and MacOS (not OSX) had a lot of Pascal heritage before changing over to C-based languages as their major basis.

C has been very influential, sure, but did not make or break either Microsoft or Apple, though both have heavily used C and derivatives once they switched, to their benefit, with all the warts C has and all (seriously, it's such a very loose "standard" in so many ways).

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