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Timeline: 40 years of OS milestones

Mar 25, 2009, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Lake)

"With your birth as our starting point, then, let's look at the biggest desktop OS milestones of the past 40 years.

"1969
Unix was brought to life on a spare DEC PDP-7 at AT&T Bell Labs.When AT&T decided to abandon the Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) operating system on its minicomputers, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie cobbled together an operating system so they could continue to play a space travel game that Thompson had developed. A colleague gave the system a jokey name based on Multics -- UNICS, the Uniplexed Information and Computing Service, which morphed into UNIX or Unix. 1976

"Intergalactic Digital Research's maverick brain Gary Kildall creates CP/M, a simple microcomputer operating system for simple microcomputers. It would be the model for command-line DOS variations for two decades."

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