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Most who regularly poke around on this site know that UNIX's origins can be traced back to at least 1969. It was then, so the story goes, that Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, both employees at Bell Labs in New Jersey, found themselves staring at a beat-up DEC PDP-7 minicomputer, wondering how to get the thing to play some games. Of course, if you wish to include Multics in the picture you can go back to at least 1965. (As an aside, Bill Gates was just nine years old at the time, and had reached the ripe old age of 13 when Thompson started playing with that old PDP-7.)
I've always known that UNIX's geneology is a complex one, but I guess I never really appreciated just how complex it was until this SCO lawsuit mess started. So in the spirit of being well informed about who "owns" what in the world of UNIX, prepare to become cross-eyed when you get a load of this UNIX timeline.
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