Meet The Creators Of World's Most Successful Operating System
Bangalore: Remember that old operating system- the one tagged to be as the multi-tasking, multi-user operating system? Yes, we are talking about the OS called the Unix. Developed in 1969 at Bell Labs by AT&T employees and associates, Unix was once to be known as true, free-form OS for computer developers. As years passed, Unix got a number of descendants and clones including Berkeley Unix, Minix, Linux, AIX, A/UX, HP-UX, and Solaris. Even Apple’s Mac OS X is based on Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD).
But today, the once unrivaled operating system has found itself in a slow, inexorable decline. According to IDC, Unix server revenue may slide from $10.2 billion in 2012 to $8.7 billion by 2017, whereas Gartner has foreseen Unix market share slipping from 16 percent in 2012 to 9 percent in 2017. Enterprises already have started to move away from the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) platform to x86 processor based alternatives. This means, one day Unix will end its 30 year old run, and it is not too far.
With that said, it time we take a look at the long old history - Yes, the early pioneers and their contributions in developing the operating system called Unix, as reported on InfoWorld.