Saturday, October 15, 2011

Goodbye world - Dennis Ritchie on UNIX and Consent Decrees

Andrew Binstock at Dr. Dobb's No Longer a Magazine quoted the following in his obituary of Dennis Ritchie:

[UNIX] is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity.

And Ritchie himself had commented on the many corporate owners of Bell Labs over the years:

Bell Labs has remained a remarkably good place to do work that has enduring impact over the long run, no matter what the company, the courts, the PR types or upper management decide should be our name and logo on a given day or year.

I'm glad that Ritchie could C the humor in that.

For further reading, see what Dave Winer had to say.
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