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 DaFreak on Thu 13th Oct 2011 15:57 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: horrible to hear"
DaFreak
Member since:
2008-04-08

I think it would be fair to say that without Unix, no Next and no Next no OS X, and without OS X, the iPod (Classic, not Touch) would now be Apple's main product.


"no Next no OSX" isn't true. Just have a look at the Copland project. It could also be a BeOS follower.
But without Unix no Linux. That's bad.

Nevertheless RIP Dennis Ritchie!

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RE[7]: horrible to hear
by No it isnt on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:59 in reply to "RE[6]: horrible to hear"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

BeOS is quite indebted to Unix (and C++ to C), and Copland never even reached Alpha status. Of course, this kind of alternate history is a bit rubbish anyway, since Jobs might have based Next on some alternate-history descendent of the system that gained popularity in the absence of Unix. It's not like there wouldn't be something else out there.

My idea was to point out how much Apple's current success builds on the work of Ritchie, but I phrased it wrong.

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