Friday, July 13, 2012

Those Mighty and Mythic Compatible Time Sharing Systems

 Professor Emeritus Rober Fano

Can you see in the diagram (below) the roots of our present and emergent Cloud Technologies, such as "IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, DaaS", et al.? 

CTSS really have a direct influence in many important ulterior developments in computing networking; for example, GNU/Linux derives from Unix. Unix owns its name from a parody of Multics. Multics was a system poised to be the successor of CTTS in the first place. On the other hand, ITS or Incompatible Time-sharing Systems was developed as a response to the CTTS, more importantly, this project was developed at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT with a little help of the Project MAC.

Project MAC from where interesting names pop up, like, Robert Fano, [look in here] and, J.C.R. Licklider [Look in here for a very agile information about "Licky"]. 

However, there is more, according to the documentation compile by Steven Levy's book "Hackers" it was in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab where the hacker culture was created, "initialized", and energized; so besides of the impact in the multi-user or networking Operating Systems and computer application development, this lab has impacted greatly over our current culture. Think only in the effects of the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software or FLOSS in our lives. ◙JK◙ 

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