[its-hackers] "ITS" pronunciation
lars at nocrew.org
Tue Sep 14 20:14:53 CEST 2021
Jack Haverty wrote:
> I don't remember any pronunciation other than "its" being used at
> all. Never "eye-tee-ess".
Thanks, I think that's really interesting! ITS (forced pun intended)
the operating system that keeps delivering juicy tidbits.
> I recall asking what "its" meant and hearing the plausible story that
> it represented a play on words as a competitor to the "official" MIT
> timesharing utility - CTSS, the Compatible Time Sharing System. ITS
> was created as the "Incompatible Time Sharing system".
I think it's fairly well established that Tom Knight invented this name.
In AI memos from early 1967, it's referred to as the generic "time-
sharing system", or just TS. The first mention by name I have found is
in AI memo 146 from October that year: "PICPAC is a PDP-6 program to be
used for manipulating picures of real-world scenes. It operates under
ITS (Incompatible Time-Sharing System)".
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