Five operating systems that time forgot
Feb 09, 2011, 15:05 (3 Talkback[s])
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"While you're cursing the slow boot times of your modern PC or
wondering why you can't have 50 applications open at once without
the system taking a hit, cast your mind back to the operating
systems of old.
"Here are five operating systems we fondly remember. Actually,
that's a lie. One of them had us pointing with derision when we
first saw it, and even the rose tinted spectacles of nostalgia
can't wipe that memory.
"Can there ever have been a more ignominious fall from grace?
OS/2 was the love child of Microsoft and IBM, the two brightest
stars in the PC pantheon. It had a task switcher, a graphical
interface, the HPFS filing system, and lots of other cool stuff.
And yet it was utterly destroyed in the market place by ugly,
clunky, crashy Windows three point oh."