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Subject: FAQ Multics General (short)
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Q) What is the purpose of alt.os.multics?
A) This group is for the discussion of the Multics operating
system. Discussion sometimes strays to other topics of
interest to Multicians, e.g.
- Honeywell hardware architecture
- CTSS, DTSS and other ancestors
- Honeywell management mistakes and if-onlys
- PRIMOS, GCOS Timesharing, UNIX, and other cousins
and descendants
For discussions of the history of other operating
systems, try alt.folklore.computers or the groups
dedicated to these systems.

alt.os.multics is a public unmoderated newsgroup with an
estimated readership of thousands. If you have a comment
of limited interest, please use e-mail instead.
Q) How can I view alt.os.multics via the web?
A) View and then enter alt.os.multics
in the top search box and return. You may wish to sort by date.
Q) What other sources are available on-line to find out more
about Multics?
A1) There is a large set of Multics Web pages available at
including History, People, Sites, bibliography, the 250K
Multics Glossary, papers, stories, and pictures of
Multicians and 6180s. There are 486 HTML pages
comprising over 1,000,000 lines and 512 graphic images.

A2) The list of Multicians
lists 2046 people, 746 mail addresses, and 127 home pages.

A3) The Multics bibliography
lists 1116 documents, with links to 602 online.

A4) There is a closed mailing list for Multicians.
It currently has 156 members.
Apply at with a description
of your contribution to Multics.

A5) A large online collection of scanned Multics manuals is
provided by Al Kossow at

A6) The LinkedIn group "multicians" has been set up for Multicians
who use the LinkedIn social networking site.
It currently has 293 members.
To join it, send mail to the editor.

A7) Open Source for Multics is hosted at MIT, courtesy of Bull HN. It
is available "for any purpose and without fee" provided that the
copyright notice and historical background are preserved in all

A8) Harry Reed's Multics system simulator is available for download.
It can boot Multics MR 12.7; you can log in, compile PL/I programs, etc.


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