Old MS-DOS & WIN Software
lproven at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 18:52:54 CST 2005
On 12/16/05, Jim Leonard <trixter at oldskool.org> wrote:
> All true, depending on how you interpret the word "decent". What killed
> Coherent was lack of a TCP/IP stack and virtual memory. The head of the
> company decided that a pretty GUI (X Windows) was worth more of R&D's time.
> The 386 version ran in true protected mode and had a flat address space. The C
> compiler was so size-efficient that we got a version of X Windows running on a
> 2MB 386 (remember, no virtual memory!).
> > Don't think anyone ever accused the Mark Williams Company of being evil!
> Not until the final year, where all of us were cursing the head of the company
> (I was an employee for 3 years). But I agree with you, it was a great company
> filled with very talented, quirky people. The boat anchor manual was worth the
> $99 all by itself (and toward the end of the company, Linux users were ordering
> Coherent just to get their hands on the manual, since Linux was around version
> 1.2 and had no real docs).
Fascinating stuff! Thanks for that. Something that I wished I'd seen
back then - I was a SCO type back then - but it's too historical to be
of much interest now...
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