SIPB, formally the Student Information Processing Board, is a volunteer student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was co-founded in 1969 by Bob Frankston and someone else for the furthering of student access to computing resources. For a long time, it provided student access to mainframe computers.
Over the years it provided services including access to mainframe computers, sponsoring access to MIT's environment, Project Athena, creating specialized Linux and NetBSD distributions (starting in 1993) for allowing personal computer access to Athena, running one of the early web servers, www.mit.edu, now called stuff.mit.edu .
Involvement with the Morris Worm
We helped fight it.
Projects contributed to by SIPB members
- more for Unix - Dan Halbert
- World Wide Web Wanderer (the first search engine) - Matthew Gray
- Ogg Vorbis - Chris "Monty" Montgomery
- Zephyr protocol
Richard Stallman was often seen around SIPB. Once, he left his laundry there.
- Experimental Computing Facility -- An organization much like SIPB, at the University of California - Berkeley