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[ih] What is the origin of the root account?

Original question/comment as about Unix on the early INTERNET, leading 
to discussion of TCP/IP.

Now if we want to go back to 1969 and the early ARPANET, I seem to 
recall that the first VAXen didn't even exist until around 1975. :-)


John Day wrote:
> To my thinking, there were no VAX on the *early* Net. They came 
> later.  ;-)
> At 9:15 PM -0400 4/11/13, Bernie Cosell wrote:
>> On 11 Apr 2013 at 19:44, Larry Sheldon wrote:
>>>  For sure I think Unix was a major component of the early layers of the
>>>  snowball that is The Internet--but I thought the initial 
>>> development was
>>>  done on IBMish and special purpose hardware--did the IMP's have an OS?
>>>  And don't VAXen speak VMS (everyone I ever met did).
>> Oh boy, are you going to get a lot of replies to this.  In the sense 
>> that
>> you're using the term, the IMP did *not* have an OS.  It was a
>> special-purpose real-time system that acted as the switching nodes for
>> the ARPAnet and the interface for the Host systems.
>> One of the early plans was to get as many *DIFFERENT* Host systems
>> connected up to the ARPAnet and, of course, talking to one another.  I
>> think the Sigma-7 at UCLA talking to SAIL at Stanford.  I think the only
>> IBM system on the early net was a 360/67 at Rand (??).   MIT had ITS and
>> Multics.  BBN had all sorts of systems: BSD's, TENEX's, assorted PDP-11
>> systems.  Even the PDP-1 Exec III was an ARPAnet host..:o)
>> The VAXen on the early network were running BSD [Unix].   When did
>> someone build a TCP/IP stack for VMS?
>>   /Bernie\
>> -- 
>> Bernie Cosell                     Fantasy Farm Fibers
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