UNIX turns 40

From the developerWorks archives

Ken Milberg

Date archived: December 19, 2016 | First published: December 01, 2009

The systems world will shortly be celebrating a major anniversary milestone. UNIX® is turning 40 years old! Most of us know the story of how UNIX was born, but what about why? Was it born strictly because its founders wanted to play a computer game on a different platform? And why does UNIX continue to thrive 15 years after an (in)famous Byte Magazine article that asked, "Is UNIX dead?" How has AIX® (the only UNIX flavor that has increased its market share through the years) been a part of the evolution of UNIX and what are the current trends today in the UNIX arena? These are just some of the topics this article explores.

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