Re: The horrors and blessings of the console
"it was AT&T UNIX edition 7 ported to the 8086"
God knows how, it didn't have an MMU - even linux requires a minimum of a 386. I'm guessing it required extra hardware on the board. Anyway, what I meant by proper was something more consumer friendly like OSX. The early X windows window managers were to say the least, minimalist and having to edit config files just to change the desktop or add items to menus was a complete non starter for Joe Average.
"BSD (1977) existed _before_ Xenix (1980) and was free"
And ran on a PDP-11, not x86.
"If Xenix/OpenServer continued being sold by Microsoft then Linux probably would have taken off sooner."
No idea how you worked that one out.