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NewsForge: CP/M collection is back online with an Open Source license

Nov 27, 2001, 18:24 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
"When CP/M enthusiast Tim Olmstead died from cancer on 9/11/01, the Unofficial CP/M Web site he had been maintaining had to be taken down because of licensing issues with the software collection. Now, Lineo has granted unrestricted use of the technology and the site is back up.

CP/M (Control Program for Microcomputers) is important because it was the first generic operating system for microcomputers. It appeared n 1974, according to a 1981 BYTE magazine article . It is the precursor to DOS. Prior to its creation, each type of hardware or "brand" of computer had its unique operating system. With CP/M, for the first time, any application could run on any kind of hardware, on top of CP/M.

There is some debate about what CP/M actually stands for. Some claim it is an acronym for "Control Program for Microprocessors," and others maintain is it "Control Program/Monitor." According to the comp.os.cpm FAQ, CP/M creator Gary Kildall referred to the OS in public as "Control Program for Microcomputers."

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