[Beowulf] Re: Religious wars

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 09:01:23 PDT 2008

That's a nice point; I got thrown into the deep end by a bunch of crazy
mathematicians in the summer of 81: C, K&R, Unix, commodities forecasting. I
learned vi then. So at the time there was no choice.

My first experience with emacs I can't quite date; my macsyma program
crashed, the OS (whatever it was, probabaly VMS on vaxen) command
interpreter prompt suddenly went away, and I was flabbergasted. Did I just
crash the DuPont Experimental Station Vax network? So I learned to quit out
of emacs before I learned to enter into it.


On 7/22/08, Bob Drzyzgula <bob at drzyzgula.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 10:54:47AM -0400, Bob Drzyzgula wrote:
> >
> > Gosling wrote his Emacs in 1981, and Unipress Emacs started
> > shipping in 1983 for $399 per seat.
> Sorry -- actually looking again I see it said $395, not
> $399, not that this makes any difference. But thinking
> back I expect that this was $395 per *system*, which is
> only per seat if you're talking about workstations, and
> in those days we used workstations as multi-user systems
> anyway. I doubt there was any license management mechanism
> available at the time that could have enforced a per-user
> license. Still, it was a lot of money.
> --Bob
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