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VNUnet: Digging up old GEM resurrects hopes for a thin-client operating system

Jun 29, 1999, 20:47 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liam Proven)

"Caldera has released the source code to the late Digital Research's GEM under the GNU Public License. ... In the mid-1980s, it was Windows' most serious competitor: distinctly Macintosh-like, blindingly fast, and it ran on DOS. It was a high-quality GUI when Windows was both unusable and unsellable."

"...there's room at the bottom, as nanotechnology advocate K Eric Drexler observed. DOS is all grown up today; for instance, DR-DOS supports integrated networking, 32-bit protect-mode operation, multitasking and multithreading.

GEM adds windowing, a GUI, a CAPI and programmers' toolkits for C and TurboPascal. ... It can support multitasking. ... This is all you need for a serviceable free thin-client OS. It would be remotely manageable by editing a few text files, either fetched from a hidden local share or directly through a Telnet link."

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