Last modified on 4 August 2014, at 18:50


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A pun on Multics; coined by Brian Kernighan.

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  1. A computer operating system that shares the original source code by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, currently owned by Novell.
  2. An operating system largely compatible with Unix that qualifies for use of the UNIX trademark, currently owned by The Open Group.
  3. (informal) The above plus Unix-like operating systems similar to Unix but not qualifying for use of the UNIX trademark.
    GNU is not Unix.
  4. The group of Unix operating systems as a whole.
    The Linux kernel operating system is one of the most popular forms of Unix.


  • (computer operating system): *nix

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