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Windows 7: Microsoft’s Big Start Was A Total Ripoff

06 Sep 2013   #1

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Microsoft’s Big Start Was A Total Ripoff

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In A Nutshell
Microsoft’s revolutionary MS-DOS operating system was a essentially a ripoff—a “Quick and Dirty” operating system that a 24-year-old programmer was paid $25,000 to “create” (read: copy from the competition and make a couple minor changes).

The Whole Bushel
At the advent of the modern computer in the late ’70s, the most popular operating system was Digital Research’s CP/M (Control Program for Microcomputers), created by programmer Gary Kildall. IBM was planning on kicking off the ’80s by releasing the first affordable “personal computer,” the IBM PC. Needing an operating system, they turned to Bill Gates and his fledgling company, Microsoft. Gates directed them to Kildall, as Microsoft wasn’t too into producing operating systems at the time.
When IBM came to visit, Kildall wasn’t around—he was out flying his private plane, and his wife wasn’t too keen to talk to IBM executives in his absence, so she sent them on their way. With nowhere else to turn, they came back to Gates—who offered a solution.
Gates paid 24-year-old programmer Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products $25,000 to whip up an unauthorized CP/M clone which he dubbed QDOS—Quick and Dirty Operating System. With enough differences to be legally considered a different product—but enough similarities to run the any hardware that CP/M could—the product was re-branded MS-DOS 1.0 and shipped with every IBM PC. That is, the first available consumer computer containing the architecture that PCs are still based on today. Gary Kildall became a footnote, Tim Paterson went to work for Microsoft, and Bill Gates has been the richest man alive since 1995.

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Digital Research - CP/M

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MS-DOS is 30 years old today | ExtremeTech
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07 Sep 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Thanks that was a good read reminded me of the good old day's when me and my dad would sit on the front porch and carve out 1 MHz processor with good sharp knife and a piece of maple of a maple tree
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07 Sep 2013   #3

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
Thanks that was a good read reminded me of the good old day's when me and my dad would sit on the front porch and carve out 1 MHz processor with good sharp knife and a piece of maple of a maple tree
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07 Sep 2013   #4

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Perhaps people don't want to know.

Many would rather believe in Fairy Tales. Walt Disney has a lot to answer for.
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07 Sep 2013   #5

 
 

I bet Gary Kildall regrets going for a fly that day...
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08 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Haha. I wish I could go back in a time machine and prevent him from going on that flight, just to see what would happen when I came back here.
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