AIX 25 years old Today
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AIX is IBM's name for their UNIX, it stands for Advanced Interactive eXecutive and based on AT&T's UNIX System 5.2 and 5.3.
I was not at the launch of the IBM RT (the computer on which it ran) but I know people that were apparently there was a lot of dry ice on the stage. Nor was I with IBM at the time but working for a small software developer company. I do remember, having a loan RT from IBM for porting our software and was impressed with the rugged machine. We weren't given the root password. We all took turns and one of the team guessed it. It was elephant! No jokes, please. A couple of years later, I was at IBM running the AIX training across Europe to many bemused new IBM recruits. It was in a division called "workstations", so that it could fly below the radar of the big gun Server Division i.e. Mainframes. I had better stop there before: a) I bore you and b) I get into trouble :-)
Congratulation AIX ... boy, I would hate to live without smitty.