February 5, 2001

The ghosts of OSes past

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill of OSOpinion writes "When UNIX was developed three decades ago, it became more widespread than anyone expected. A large portion of that success came from the fact that the fundamentals of UNIX were based on computer science research of that time. Everyone says UNIX was great because it was portable, or it was great because of its pipes, etc. However, nearly every significant piece of UNIX had been explored in other OSes or published in research papers prior to its incorporation in UNIX as we know it. Looking at the primary three operating systems today from the perspective of what they do have, each of them looks modern. However, what stands out from these various laundry lists of the technologies these OSes offer is how different the lists are."

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