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MarkJFine
Professor

Re: Linux

It's one of those 'zen'-type questions:

If an operating environment absorbs the operating system, does that make it an operating system?

 

Microsoft DOS was a real operating system (stolen from DEC VAX, if I'm not mistaken - yeah, I'm old). Eventually Windows absorbed it. It's still there, just hidden.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.

Re: Linux


@@@@MarkJFine wrote:
Microsoft DOS was a real operating system (stolen from DEC VAX, if I'm not mistaken - yeah, I'm old). Eventually Windows absorbed it. It's still there, just hidden.

     Actually I think MS bought DOS  The story I heard, was that when IBM was looking for an OS for the IBM PC. they came to MS ( at the time their only product was BASIC ), and Gates sent them to see another guy who wasn't home, and whose wife balked at signing all the stuff IBM wanted her to sign

 

  So they went back to Gates, who got on the phone and bought what would become DOS for ten thousand dollars, and as they say "the rest is history".  Oh, to have bought MS stock in those days!

  

 BTW. I'm also old (71) and have used DEC machines  PDP-11-73s, Vaxs, and Alphas, running RSX and VMS. 

 

 The VMS  command to change directories was: "set def".  Not very DOS like,  I soon wrote a macro so I could use "cd" instead

 

You are right in some ways though. Apple stole ( reverse engineered ) their GUI from Xerox Palo Alto and  MS stole it  from Apple for Windoze.  The stupidity of Xerox is this case was incredible.  Their thinking was:  "We don't do software.  We're a document company "..

 

"A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits."   Lazarus Long

 

 

 

 

 

C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: Linux

Hrm...

PFSense (FreeBSD based) on my firewalls...
Pretty sure my HP 2848 switch is running some form of BSD or Nix
ESXi on two servers
Ubuntu LTS on three servers
6 instances of Windows Server 2012
3x Win10 desktops
7x Win7 laptops/desktops

2x Xboxes (Win10 based)
FreeNAS (FreeBSD based)

The list goes on... It's all about functionality and getting things to play together properly.