The evolution of the unix time-sharing system

  • Dennis M. Ritchie
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 79)


This paper presents a brief history of the early development of the Unix operating system. It concentrates on the evolution of the file system, the process-control mechanism, and the idea of pipelined commands. Some attention is paid to social conditions during the development of the system.

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis M. Ritchie
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesUSA

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