UNIX turns 40 – in 1969 group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs, including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Douglas McIlroy, and Joe Ossanna developed UNIX. Today Unix offered in many flavors and developed over time by AT&T as well as various commercial vendors (such as IBM, HP, Sun, Apple etc) and non-profit organizations. CW article concluded that after four decades, the future of the operating system is clouded, but its legacy will endure in form of Linux and Microsoft NT operating system:
In August 1969, Ken Thompson, a programmer at AT&T subsidiary Bell Laboratories, saw the month-long departure of his wife and young son as an opportunity to put his ideas for a new operating system into practice. He wrote the first version of Unix in assembly language for a wimpy Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) PDP-7 minicomputer, spending one week each on the operating system, a shell, an editor and an assembler.
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Intel Atom processor used by ultra-mobile PCs, smart phone, other portable and low-power applications. Ubuntu announced Ubuntu Linux Remix, the new operating system will be targeted to OEM vendors that are building their own netbooks for sale to end users. From the press release:
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it will be demonstrating a reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically for a new category of portable Internet-centric devices – netbooks. These affordable, power-efficient, small screen devices, based on the ground breaking low-power micro-architecture of the Intel Atom processor, and Ubuntu allow consumers to enjoy email, instant messaging, Internet surfing and on-line access to photos, videos or music with an affordable, reliable device.
=> Canonical Showcases Ubuntu Netbook Remix at Computex
OpenSolaris AKA project Indiana is here. Sun and the OpenSolaris community launched the official first version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system, which has only been available in pre-release versions for developers until now. New operating system includes:
=> Single CD installation (like many Linux distros)
=> New installer and package manager
=> DTrace, Containers, ZFS and other technologies
Amazon is offering selected developers the ability to run OpenSolaris applications on its EC2 “cloud computing” servers. Participation for now is by invitation only – the service has a beta tag while the company learns how to scale up.
Companies with OpenSolaris packages available for EC2 from Monday include Gigaspaces and Zamanda, with Sun also providing Glassfish and Ruby on Rails packages.
OpenSolaris upgrades are to be released every six months.
The Live CD makes it simple to boot to a fully functional desktop environment, including Firefox and Thunderbird. Try it without fear — our instant rollback feature works like a giant undo button, so your system is always protected, and you’ll never lose work. And, you can load OpenSolaris 2008.05 easily in a variety of virtualization technologies including the open source VirtualBox hypervisor: