I wanted to understand how come UNIX is so standardized and developer-friendly.

Before engineers at BELL Labs even thought UNIX, the computer industry suffered unproductivity in large-scale projects: too many people, too many inefficiencies, delay, and improper planning. UNIX made computers more productive.

Unlike hardware, people demand new or modified features all the time while using the software. This invited building software in a change-tolerant way.

The paper titled, “The UNIX TimeSharing System” by Dennis M. Ritchie and Ken Thompson from Bell Laboratories, is available here.

UNIX is an OS designed for general use, multi-user, and interactive (that is, you…

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