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b2o5b$b2o5b2$bo6b$obo5b$o2bo2b2o$4bob2o$2b2o! #C [[ THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ AUTOSTART ]] #C [[ GPS 3 THUMBSIZE 2 ]]
Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 16
Bounding box 9×9
Frequency class 29.3
Period 6
Mod 6
Heat 11.3
Volatility 0.80
Strict volatility 0.80
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1976

Unix (plural: unices) consists of two blocks eating a long barge. It is a useful sparker and was found by David Buckingham on February 10, 1976.[1] Its name derives from the fact that it was for some time the mascot of the Unix lab of the mathematics faculty at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. With just 16 cells, it is the smallest known period 6 oscillator.[2]


Unix is about the twenty-sixth most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being about as common as octagon 2.[3]

See also


  1. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection.
  2. "Class 2 Objects Catalog". Retrieved on March 14, 2009.
  3. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.

External links

  • Unix at the Life Lexicon