Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Unix
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Unix
The Unix operating system and the C programming language, closely intertwined in both origin and impact, were created at Bell Labs between 1969 and 1972. Unix made large-scale networking of diverse computing systems - and the Internet - practical. The C language brought an unprecedented combination of efficiency and expressiveness to programming. Both made computing more "portable." Today, Linux, the most popular descendent of Unix, powers the vast majority of servers, and elements of Unix and Linux are found in most mobile devices.
Nokia Bell Labs Celebration
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Unix with a 2-day invitation-program on our Murray Hill, NJ campus, beginning on October 22, 2019. The event opens with luminary presentations, followed by a coding challenge with awards to be given to the top entries. Coding topics will include next-generation software systems, cutting-edge robotics, and AI algorithms, to name a few. Invitees will also visit the Unix archives where they can see original artifacts from the early years of Unix.
More about Unix and its heritage
Visit Dennis Ritchie's pages at Bell-labs.com
Dennis Ritchie, coinventor of Unix and C, left many interesting comments within his archived web pages here.
Browse the detailed view of Unix evolution at Unix.org
The rise of C++
As part of the Unix and C legacy, C++ retained the efficiency of C while introducing a far higher level of sophistication and abstraction
Vintage Computer Federation
VCF is a user group for people who collect and restore historic computers—check out their museum!
Computing projects at Nokia Bell Labs
World Wide Streams
A real-time stream processing platform for massive data and media streams across the world