is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at
Wed Dec 3 13:14:39 CST 2014

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> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Zane
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> Subject: Re: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?
> On Dec 2, 2014, at 1:38 PM, Rich Alderson
> <RichA at> wrote:
> > I used Multics Emacs when I was given the project of putting the
> > University of Chicago on an MMDF-based phone network sponsored by
> EDUCOM and called EDUnet.
> > MIT-MULTICS was the hub for the system, so I had an account there and
> > was very happy to find my favorite editor available.  That was
> > 1983-84, after which I moved to Stanford.  The rest, as they say, is
> old stuff^W^W^Whistory.
> If it ran on Multics, I find myself wondering if it ran on GCOS-8.
> Zane

I doubt it. GCOS-8 was weird and didn't have the same terminal paradigms as
MULTICS. From what I remember it was a line/block mode terminal interface
with local editing done in the GERTS or whatever FEP you were using. (I know
it wasn't GERTS for GCOS8 but you know what I mean...)

Dave Wade

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