It has often been told how the Bell Labs law department became the first non-research department to use Unix, displacing a newly acquired stand-alone word-processing system that fell short of the department’s hopes because it couldn’t number the lines on patent applications, as USPTO required. When Joe Ossanna heard of this, he told them about roff and promised to give it line-numbering capability the next day. They tried it and were hooked. Patent secretaries became remote members of the fellowship of the Unix lab. In due time the law department got its own machine.
How Unix made it to the top
2016-12-18 Unix 2 Comments
We as techs often get angry because the obvious superior system get regarded as a fringe hobby system while the inferior in nearly every way system. Normally the popular system, is one that solves one problem that they were having, at a cost they were willing to pay for.