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2 definitions found
 for TOPS-10
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  TOPS-10
   /tops?ten/, n.
  
      DEC's proprietary OS for the fabled PDP-10 machines, long a favorite of
      hackers but now long extinct. A fountain of hacker folklore; see Appendix
      A. 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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  TOPS-10
  
     /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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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