[rescue] Interesting bit on Multics

Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez lefa at ucsc.edu
Fri Oct 17 22:15:00 CDT 2003

On Fri, 17 Oct 2003, Andrew Weiss wrote:

> So what's to stop us from changing that 10/21/2000 date... by
> resurrecting Multics hardware and running Multics as a community
> effort?... Cost...? Unobtainium?

It was very tied to PL/1 which was a horrible language by any account,
besides the OS was also coupled to a specific ISA support for some of the
features. I believe there were some efforts to port it to modern micros
(read x86) and failed misserably.

Besides most of the cool ideas have found their way into a few modern OSs
so I dunno what the utility of a multics re-animation would be.

I remember the same sort of desire from people who wanted to keep Pr1mOS
going. Another neat OS.

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