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June 28, 2004

I have been Forgiven

This morning started of with a surprise when one of the old bell-labs heroes told me

The Unix community has finally forgiven you for switching from Unix Guru to Windows Guru. Maybe we even believe you were right in that NT & XP are worthwhile modern OS technologies.

I am at the Usenix annual technical conference in Boston. It has been a while since I attended the general conference and I am amazed by how it has grown in size and professionalism. It is great to meet a lot of 'old friends', and I am amazed how the core people from the meetings from 10-15 years ago are still going strong.

The conference itself also started of in a unique way. Both the Software Tool Users Group award and Lifetime Achievement award were given to the same person: Doug McIlroy. The long time head of Computing Science Research Center at Bell-Labs, the birth place of Unix, is credited with the invention of pipes in Unix, and heralded as the organizing force behind the creation of Unix. After his retirement from Bell-Labs Doug went back to his Ivy League roots (he was a Cornell undergrad) and  now is a professor at Dartmouth

Doug McIlroy receives the Usenix Lifetime Acievement award
out of the hands of Dennis Ritchie. (sorry for the fuzzy picture)

Posted by Werner Vogels at June 28, 2004 10:23 AM