OS/2 stillborn, was Re: TRS-80 Model 1, etc
ggs at shiresoft.com
Fri Feb 2 10:33:45 CST 2007
Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Feb 1, 2007, at 4:05 PM, Warren Wolfe wrote:
>> IBM licensed MS-DOS from Microsoft, and CP/M-86 from Digital
>> Research, and did NOT develop their own Operating System until OS/2,
>> which was essentially stillborn.
> Oh nonono. I'm sorry to have to correct you here Warren, but
> nothing could be further from the truth. First, OS/2 was written by
> Microsoft and sold to IBM.
Bzzzt. Wrong! OS/2 was a joint development between IBM and Microsoft
(and the resulting JDA caused much wrangling and hand wringing at IBM).
Neither company wrote the entire beast. Some of the meetings on things
like memory management and scheduling were pretty close to
thermonuclear. No, it was pretty close to 50-50 (maybe even skewed a
bit more towards IBM). After the famous Gates decision on Windows, IBM
went it alone. Even from the start, IBM had a considerable team (think
100's) working on *code* for OS/2.
And no, I did not work on OS/2 (ok, just for a little while but it
wasn't my fault). I'm a Unix guy through and through, but I was in
close proximity to both the project and people for ~10years.
TTFN - Guy
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