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-==== [03] WHAT IS THE UNIX OPERATING SYSTEM? ​====+<​code>​ 
 +[03] WHAT IS THE UNIX OPERATING SYSTEM?
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-UNIX originated in 1969 when Ken Thompson, facinated with the game +     UNIX originated in 1969 when Ken Thompson, facinated with the game 
-Space Travel, decided it would be easier to write an operating  +     ​Space Travel, decided it would be easier to write an operating  
-system for the DEC PDP-7 to run his game rather than to write a +     ​system for the DEC PDP-7 to run his game rather than to write a 
-PDP-7 cross compiler on the lab's GE-645. ​ UNIX inhereted features +     ​PDP-7 cross compiler on the lab's GE-645. ​ UNIX inhereted features 
-from MULTiplexed Information and Computer System (MULTICS), a project +     ​from MULTiplexed Information and Computer System (MULTICS), a project 
-that Bell Labs, General Electric and RAND were involved in.  However, +     ​that Bell Labs, General Electric and RAND were involved in.  However, 
-Ken never bothered to include more important features of MULTICS. +     ​Ken never bothered to include more important features of MULTICS. 
-After all, UNIX was just for a game.  But, UNIX became popular in the +     ​After all, UNIX was just for a game.  But, UNIX became popular in the 
-labs and soon was given away to Universites. ​ The system was never +     ​labs and soon was given away to Universites. ​ The system was never 
-standardized though its name suggested UNIformity. ​ The west coast was +     ​standardized though its name suggested UNIformity. ​ The west coast was 
-given the UNIX source code and soon Berkeley UNIX (BSD) was born.+     ​given the UNIX source code and soon Berkeley UNIX (BSD) was born.
  
-SYSTEM 5 and BSD have a distinct flavor which sets them apart. ​ Many +     SYSTEM 5 and BSD have a distinct flavor which sets them apart. ​ Many 
-view SYSTEM 5 hackers as being conservative while BSD hackers are +     ​view SYSTEM 5 hackers as being conservative while BSD hackers are 
-seen as being liberal.+     ​seen as being liberal. 
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