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Brief History Of Linux (#13)
Wanted: Eunuchs programmers

Everything you know about the creation of the Unix operating system is wrong. We have uncovered the truth: Unix was a conspiracy hatched by Ritchie and Thompson to thwart the AT&T monopoly that they worked for. The system, code-named EUNUCHS (Electronic UNtrustworthy User-Condemning Horrible System), was horribly conceived, just as they had planned.

The OS, quickly renamed to a more respectable “Unix,” was adopted first by Ma Bell????????s Patent Department and then by the rest of the monopoly. AT&T saw an inexpensive, multi-user, portable operating system that it had all rights to; the authors, however, saw a horrible, multi-crashing system that the Evil Ma Bell Empire would become hopelessly dependent on. AT&T would go bankrupt trying to maintain the system and eventually collapse.

That didn????????t happen. Ritchie and Thompson were too talented to create a crappy operating system; no matter how hard they tried the system was too good. Their last ditch effort to sabotage the system by recoding it obfuscated C was unsuccessful. Before long Unix spread outside of Bell Labs and their conspiracy collapsed.


  1. Rose says:

    Did you have to remove spam links from the text?

    — 30 August 2004 at 12:54 pm (Permalink)

  2. Steven says:

    Yeah, it was full of links to web sites for prescription drugs.

    — 30 August 2004 at 1:00 pm (Permalink)

  3. Rose says:

    It wasn’t perchance for drugs used to quell paranoid delusions?

    — 30 August 2004 at 2:17 pm (Permalink)

  4. CT says:

    If you’re having trouble with comment spam, install the WP-Blacklist plugin (I’d link directly to it, but my ISP is giving me problems right now; just go to and look under the plugins section). I just installed it (directions were mostly correct), and it seems to be working like a charm. You can even set it up so you can add domains to the blacklist.

    — 22 September 2004 at 6:04 pm (Permalink)