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Unix is a multi-user, multi-tasking operating system first developed by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at AT&T Bell Labs around 1970. Richie, working with Brian Kernighan, later rewrote the system and also developed the C programming language—making Unix the first portable OS in the history of computing. They accomplished this after receiving a more powerful PDP-11 computer from Bell, in exchange for the promise of developing text-processing software, which later evolved into the first electronic typesetting system—lots of firsts.

It didn’t take long for the development of the Unix operating system to splinter into the academic world, primarily at UCB. This opened the door to numerous innovations, notably the TCP and IP protocols (TCP/IP), which supplanted the original design of the ARPAnet and eventually morphed into the Internet as we know it today.

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