Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:28 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
General Unix The groundbreaking work he did with Ken Thompson led to the operating system behind everything from set-top boxes to the iPhone, but who sings the praises of the late Dennis Ritchie?
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Time will tell
by FunkyELF on Tue 18th Oct 2011 20:18 UTC
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I think that Dennis Ritchie will be mentioned in texts of students learning computer science, programming languages, and operating systems for many many years. He will be remembered as Pythagoras, Cantor, and Turing are.

Jobs was a celebrity and much of the coverage is due to it. That is not to say Jobs was only a celeb and nothing more. Time will tell, but I have a feeling that memories and texts mentioning Ritchie will linger over time while memories and texts of Jobs will dwindle.

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