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Clem Cole's Student Experiences

I was a student, but working as a 360/TSS programmer and PDP-10/20
programmer in the CMU computer ctr. I also did some hacking for the EE
dept mostly for free for them - as EE was my major. My girlfriend at
the time was working for an EE prof and she got me to bring UNIX over
from CS (EE had a 11/20's and a prototype 11/34 <– not a 34A) and CS
of course had numerious 11's as they were building C.mmp and writing
Hydra. [CMU/CS actually ran UNIX on the ``pre-Hydra 11/40E <– the E
was a CMU/3 River's writeable microcode modification - very cool).]

Anyway, I had access to the only 11/45's on Campus in the computer
center where I worked - which was important because V5 and V6 really
wanted to be booted on an 11/45. Dan Klein, who was math major, but
like me, had a similar job to mine, working for the CS Dept to pay his
bills. There was a lot of helping each other because the equipment we
had was both common and complementary - so all the systems programmers
tended to have ``guest accounts
in both worlds. Since Dan and I were
the common threads with access to all versions of the HW were sort in
the middle of moving this stuff around.


Note: CMU/CS had already done the V5 to V6. EE never had V5,
although any of us that had CS accounts has briefly used it there.


In the fall of ??1976?? I believe, ted kowalski shows up for his OYOC
year in the EE dept after his summer at Bell Labs, and graduating U
Michigan (he was once Bill Joy's housemate at Michigan in a strange
twist of fate). He brought with him some stuff, including a photocopy
of what would become K&R and copy of typesetter C, and a copy of
UNIX/TS. He also brought his cool (but unfinished) program he had
started to write originally at U Mich - fsck. [Hacking on fsck under
the tutorial guidence of tjk was my first real introduction into UNIX
file system internals]


Ted brought back to AT&T to the 11/34 support and eventually 11/34A and
RK07 support that Dan and I would later do. He also spoke of the
upcomming 7th edition. Ted wanted to get the 34 supported added back
into the main line at AT&T, because it was clear that was going to be
system most people bought from then on. We keep asking when it was
going to be released. While CMU was not the first V7 licensee - thanks
to Ted, we were very early.

In 1977/78 Dan and I would start to work from CMIR - CMU's Industrial
Research arm which had a new group start up a person who originally had
an appointment in EE (Ron Krutz) - CMIR was the ``Mellon Institute''
part of Cargnie-Mellon Univ). They worked with industry and even took
on profit stuff. Dan and I, brought the Kowalski/Cole/Klien UNIX over
from EE to be the basis and added to write a driver for the newest DEC
disk (CMIR had serial #3 RK07 and a very early 34A). Ted was a little
nervious about the license, as CMIR was doing a lot of stuff in the

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