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 for Unix conspiracy
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Unix conspiracy
   n.
  
      [ITS] According to a conspiracy theory long popular among ITS and {
      TOPS-20 fans, Unix's growth is the result of a plot, hatched during the
      1970s at Bell Labs, whose intent was to hobble AT&T's competitors by making
      them dependent upon a system whose future evolution was to be under AT&T's
      control. This would be accomplished by disseminating an operating system
      that is apparently inexpensive and easily portable, but also relatively
      unreliable and insecure (so as to require continuing upgrades from AT&T).
      This theory was lent a substantial impetus in 1984 by the paper referenced
      in the back door entry.
  
      In this view, Unix was designed to be one of the first computer viruses
      (see virus) ? but a virus spread to computers indirectly by people and
      market forces, rather than directly through disks and networks. Adherents
      of this ?Unix virus? theory like to cite the fact that the well-known
      quotation ?Unix is snake oil? was uttered by DEC president Kenneth Olsen
      shortly before DEC began actively promoting its own family of Unix
      workstations. (Olsen now claims to have been misquoted.)
  
      If there was ever such a conspiracy, it got thoroughly out of the plotters'
      control after 1990. AT&T sold its Unix operation to Novell around the same
      time Linux and other free-Unix distributions were beginning to make
      noise.
  

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

  Unix conspiracy
  
     [ITS] According to a conspiracy theory long popular among
     ITS and TOPS-20 fans, Unix's growth is the result of a
     plot, hatched during the 1970s at Bell Labs, whose intent was
     to hobble AT&T's competitors by making them dependent upon a
     system whose future evolution was to be under AT&T's control.
     This would be accomplished by disseminating an operating
     system that is apparently inexpensive and easily portable, but
     also relatively unreliable and insecure (so as to require
     continuing upgrades from AT&T).  This theory was lent a
     substantial impetus in 1984 by the paper referenced in the
     back door entry.
  
     In this view, Unix was designed to be one of the first
     computer viruses (see virus) - but a virus spread to
     computers indirectly by people and market forces, rather than
     directly through disks and networks.  Adherents of this "Unix
     virus" theory like to cite the fact that the well-known
     quotation "Unix is snake oil" was uttered by DEC president
     Kenneth Olsen shortly before DEC began actively promoting its
     own family of Unix workstations.  (Olsen now claims to have
     been misquoted.)
  

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