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July 19, 1990

EAST GERMANS “HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH UNIX SINCE 1987”

By CBR Staff Writer

Computerwoche has recently devoted a fair amount of space to Unix in East Germany, and one of the articles implied that the recently formed GUUG/East group was that country’s first experience of a Unix useb group – not so, according to one of its East German readers:

Your article entitled East German Unix users get organised contained several inaccuracies. The East German Unix Software Users and Developers Group, Unix-EAG, has already been in existence for over three years; my company became a member of this group in 1988, taking part in various small seminars and yearly conferences. Through the Software Informations system organised by Unix-EAG, we were able both to sell our own Unix software and get hold of that developed by others… Personally, I think that the submersion of the EAG into the GUUG was inevitable after German union, but to say that with the formation of GUUG/East, East Germany had a Unix user organisation for the first time, is clearly wrong. Indeed, the work of the EAG had contributed in some degree to the spread of the operating system in the East in the first place. Heiko Lobbe

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