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Acronym for Unix

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Ok... this is a silly question, but I am writing a term paper and I cannot find what UNIX stands for.. could someone tell me?

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It's not an acronym.  It was a pun on Multics
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As ozo pointed out, it's not an acronym, it was a pun on Multics.
The jargonfile he pointed to is also a good place to look for
things like this.

Here's some more detail.

Ken Thompson was sent by Bell Labs to work at MIT on the Multics
(Multiple Indexing) project in the late 1960's.

When he came back, he decided to work on a scaled down version
called UNICS (Unified Indexing).  Dennis Ritchie turned this
into UNICHS (Emasculated Multics).

Bowing to political pressure, it was changed to UNIX.

The ultimate source for this type of information is
Peter Salus' "A Quarter Century of Unix"
See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201547775/002-4607338-8425428
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