@ACE_Recliner @brennen @bhtooefr @kragen
Huh, that strikes me as odd. I was pretty sure that earlier PDP models than the one UNIX was developed on had 18 bit words, & it seems a little weird to change the word length to something without common factors. But, that was early days & maybe digital didn't care the way intel did.

I recall that, somehow, MINIX had 9-bit *bytes*. (At least, a friend who was porting MINIX to modern hardware said that & I don't think he was screwing with me.)

@enkiv2 @ACE_Recliner @brennen @bhtooefr @kragen Minix was initially released for the 8086, as I recall; I think he was pulling your leg.

@vertigo @ACE_Recliner @brennen @bhtooefr @kragen
I'm sorry, I meant to write MULTICS. (No idea how I managed to screw that one up!)

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