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From: "Paco López" <pc.lpz.snchz@gmail.com>
Cc: The Eunuchs Historical Society <tuhs@tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] UNIX or unix
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2019 19:43:59 +0000
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An excerpt from The Jargon File:

Some people are confused over whether this word is appropriately ‘UNIX’ or
‘Unix’; both forms are common, and used interchangeably. Dennis Ritchie
says that the ‘UNIX’ spelling originally happened in CACM's 1974 paper The
UNIX Time-Sharing System because “we had a new typesetter and troff had
just been invented and we were intoxicated by being able to produce small
caps.” Later, dmr tried to get the spelling changed to ‘Unix’ in a couple
of Bell Labs papers, on the grounds that the word is not acronymic. He
failed, and eventually (his words) “wimped out” on the issue. So, while the
trademark today is ‘UNIX’, both capitalizations are grounded in ancient
usage; the Jargon File uses ‘Unix’ in deference to dmr's wishes.

at: http://catb.org/jargon/html/U/Unix.html

El sáb., 9 nov. 2019 a las 17:28, Nemo Nusquam (<cym224@gmail.com>)
escribió:

> I was reading the comments on Hackaday on UNIX at 50
> (https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/).
> As expected, a lot of manure but some interesting comments from
> seemingly knowledgeable people.
>
> One comment
> (
> https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/#comment-6192977),
>
> from a DDS, stated that (s)he worked at The Bell and they wrote it
> "unix" (lower-case) to distinguish it from MULTICS.  Anyone care to
> comment on this?
>
> N.
>

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<div dir="ltr">An excerpt from The Jargon File:<div><br></div><div>Some people are confused over whether this word is appropriately ‘UNIX’ or ‘Unix’; both forms are common, and used interchangeably. Dennis Ritchie says that the ‘UNIX’ spelling originally happened in CACM&#39;s 1974 paper The UNIX Time-Sharing System because “we had a new typesetter and troff had just been invented and we were intoxicated by being able to produce small caps.” Later, dmr tried to get the spelling changed to ‘Unix’ in a couple of Bell Labs papers, on the grounds that the word is not acronymic. He failed, and eventually (his words) “wimped out” on the issue. So, while the trademark today is ‘UNIX’, both capitalizations are grounded in ancient usage; the Jargon File uses ‘Unix’ in deference to dmr&#39;s wishes.<br></div><div><br></div><div>at: <a href="http://catb.org/jargon/html/U/Unix.html">http://catb.org/jargon/html/U/Unix.html</a></div></div><br><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr" class="gmail_attr">El sáb., 9 nov. 2019 a las 17:28, Nemo Nusquam (&lt;<a href="mailto:cym224@gmail.com">cym224@gmail.com</a>&gt;) escribió:<br></div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px solid rgb(204,204,204);padding-left:1ex">I was reading the comments on Hackaday on UNIX at 50 <br>
(<a href="https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/</a>). <br>
As expected, a lot of manure but some interesting comments from <br>
seemingly knowledgeable people.<br>
<br>
One comment <br>
(<a href="https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/#comment-6192977" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">https://hackaday.com/2019/11/05/will-the-real-unix-please-stand-up/#comment-6192977</a>), <br>
from a DDS, stated that (s)he worked at The Bell and they wrote it <br>
&quot;unix&quot; (lower-case) to distinguish it from MULTICS.  Anyone care to <br>
comment on this?<br>
<br>
N.<br>
</blockquote></div>

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-09 17:20 Nemo Nusquam
2019-11-09 19:43 ` Paco López [this message]
2019-11-09 20:36 ` Derrik Walker v2.0
2019-11-09 21:05   ` Mary Ann Horton
2019-11-09 21:23     ` Clem Cole
2019-11-10  0:07       ` Steve Johnson
2019-11-11  8:07         ` Dr Iain Maoileoin
2019-11-11 19:58           ` Dave Horsfall
2019-11-09 19:39 jnc

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