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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Hard to avoid comparisons
by FunkyELF on Thu 13th Oct 2011 03:07 UTC
FunkyELF
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2006-07-26

Dennis Ritchie's contributions are arguably more important but Job's. Rictchie's belong to the world while Job's belong to Apple. Job's stood on Ritchie's shoulders the whole time... and Ritchie will get just a tiny fraction of the publicity that Job's is getting.

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RE: Hard to avoid comparisons
by orestes on Thu 13th Oct 2011 04:20 in reply to "Hard to avoid comparisons"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

I sincerely doubt either party worries much about it at this point. I would also hope that people wouldn't turn it into a posthumous epeen match by proxy.

Acknowledge the work that both men accomplished and learn something from their failures, and let it be beyond that.

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RE: Hard to avoid comparisons
by spiderman on Thu 13th Oct 2011 05:59 in reply to "Hard to avoid comparisons"
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2008-10-23

I do have great respect for Ritchie and his death is very unfortunate and I mourn him.
I am not a fan of Apple but I found Steve Job's death very shocking because he was 56 and he died of cancer.
Ritchies' death is unfortunate but at 70, it's still too early but it is expectable. He could have lived some more years but 70 is reasonable.
But nobody should die at 56 in my opinion.

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RE: Hard to avoid comparisons
by danieldk on Thu 13th Oct 2011 10:50 in reply to "Hard to avoid comparisons"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

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.

Jobs and Ritchie deserve equal respect. Ritchie for making a great operating system, jobs for making computers (the original Mac), smartphones, and tablets that don't suck. Which had a great impact on the lifestyles of a lot of people.

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

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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RE: Hard to avoid comparisons
by shylock_1 on Thu 13th Oct 2011 13:35 in reply to "Hard to avoid comparisons"
shylock_1 Member since:
2011-10-13

A true Genius only identified by Genius only, not every by standard.

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