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Meaning of TOPS-10

 
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/tops-ten/ DEC's proprietary OS for the fabled pdp-10 machines, long a favourite of hackers but now effectively extinct. A fountain of hacker folklore. See also its, tops-20, twenex, vms, operating system. TOPS-10 was sometimes called BOTS-10 (from "bottoms-ten") as a comment on the inappropriateness of describing it as the top of anything.

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