UNIX, Linux: Why They Are Important to Research

Capt. Ben Smith


Friday, Mar. 22, 2013, 3:00pm
Chase 130

This seminar will cover some of the history of UNIX and Linux and the growth of DARPAnet into the modern Internet with a focus on where we find the descendents of these operating systems and why you might want to know how to interact with them.

Ben's history with this subject:

1982 - built his first office automation system using UNIX.

1985 - built Arabic-Roman writing office applications: database, spreadsheet, word processor.

1987 - joined the technical editing staff of BYTE magazine as the UNIX and networking editor.

1989 - managed 12 UNIX systems. Controlled 2 domain names: byte.com, ronin.com. Had a T1 data line in his home.

1990 - his first book "UNIX Step-by-Step" (Pretice-Hall Hayden Books)  reached technology-book best seller.

1993 - completed Massachusetts General Hospital's cross platform network printing system.

1997 - worked for Digital Equipment Corporation porting performances tests from UNIX to VMS and Windows NT.

Since then, he has always had at least one Linux system in his home.



Ben Smith is the Captain of the CCOM/JHC research vessel Coastal Surveyor. He is also a Research Technician specializing in programming languages and UNIX-like operating systems and services. As a renaissance man, Capt. Ben has experience in such things as electrical and civil engineering, architecture, meteorology, boat design, sailing and navigation, and is an accomplished artist as evidenced by the paintings used in his seminar flyer.