- Space Travel (video game)
"Space Travel" was an early
computer gamethat simulated travel in the solar system. It was the development of this game that spurred the development of the Unix operating system. [ [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~lib215/reference/history/spacetravel.html Space Travel ] ] [ [http://www.livinginternet.com/i/iw_unix_dev.htm Unix History ] ] [ [http://www.bellevuelinux.org/thompson.html Ken Thompson: developed UNIX at Bell Labs in 1969 ] ] [ [http://www.cs.bell-labs.com/who/dmr/spacetravel.html The Space Travel game ] ] It is sometimes claimed that the unrelated game " Spacewar!" had led to the development of Unix. While "Spacewar!" was an early (and much more popular) computer game, such claims are not accurate and have likely arisen from confusion of the two different games.
The game was originally written in 1969 by
Ken Thompsonfor a Multicssystem, then ported by him to Fortranon a GECOSsystem, and eventually ported by Thompson and Dennis Ritchieto a PDP-7. It was in the process of porting the game to the PDP-7's assembly languagethat Thompson and Ritchie wrote underlying code that eventually grew into the original UNICS/Unix operating system. Some consider Space Travel the first Unix application program.
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