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9. Multics

Multics

It would be criminal to list sets of operating systems that provide real innovations without including the "granddaddy" of modern operating systems, Multics.

The Multics development project provided, many years ago, a rich set of OS innovations many of which are still being integrated into the mainstream including such things as:

Many of these features have since become "minimal expected functionality" for better Operating Systems.

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