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Source code of MULTICS OS released

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released the source code of MULTICS, a decades-old OS and precursor to UNIX and other modern day operating systems.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released the source code of MULTICS, a decades-old OS and precursor to UNIX and other modern day operating systems.

According to The Register:

MULTICS (or Multiplexed Information and Computing Service), began its incarnation in 1964 as a joint project between M.I.T., General Electric and Bell Labs. The operating system was developed for the GE-645 mainframe, a 36-bit general purpose time-share system built for continuous operation. The idea was to provide a computing utility analogous to electricity and telephone services.

It was one of the first operating systems to introduce concepts such as a hierarchical file system and dynamic linking. It was also the first to use the modern standard of per-process stacks in the kernel, with a separate stack for each security ring.

Perhaps some enterprising programmer can write an emulator for it for the PSP or something.

What is the oldest operating system that you have used?

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