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Since it began to escape from ATTs Bell Laboratories in the early 1970s the success of the UNIX operating system has led to many different versions recipients of the at that time free UNIX system code all began developing their own different versions in their own different ways for use and sale Universities research institutes government bodies and computer companies all began using the powerful UNIX system to develop many of the technologies which today are part of a UNIX system Computer aided design manufacturing control systems laboratory simulations even the Internet itself all began life with and because of UNIX systems Today without UNIX systems the Internet would come to a screeching halt Most telephone calls could not be made electronic commerce would grind to a halt and there would have never been Jurassic Park By the late 1970s a ripple effect had come into play By now the under- and post-graduate students whose lab work had pioneered these new applications of technology were attaining management and decision-making positions inside the computer system suppliers and among its customers And they wanted to continue using UNIX systems Soon all the large vendors and many smaller ones were marketing their own diverging versions of the UNIX system optimized for their own computer architectures and boasting many different strengths and features Customers found that although UNIX systems were available everywhere they seldom were able to interwork or co-exist without significant investment of time and effort to make them work effectively The trade mark UNIX was ubiquitous but it was applied to a multitude of different incompatible products In the early 1980s the market for UNIX systems had grown enough to be noticed by industry analysts and researchers Now the question was no longer What is a UNIX system but Is a UNIX system suitable for business and commerce Throughout the early and mid-1980s the debate about the
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