What to Do with a PS/2?

js at cimmeri.com js at cimmeri.com
Wed Jan 27 12:47:58 CST 2016

On 1/27/2016 1:14 PM, John Willis wrote:
>>> Correct me if I'm remembering incorrectly (probably am), but wasn't
>>> NT a descendent of DEC VMS?
>> As I understand it - an important caveat here - Windows NT was to some
>> extent a conceptual descendent of VMS, but that was more because the
>> same person was instrumental in designing both than because there was
>> an explicit inheritance relationship.
> That would be Dave Cutler. You can see his philosophy clearly in both
> systems. And he had little respect for Gordon Letwin and the OS/2 architecture, and open disdain for UNIX and its underlying stream-of-bytes, everything-is-a-file, everything-is-plaintext philosophy. IMO, NT offers a better kernel than OS/2, but nothing has ever matched the elegance and sheer power of the Workplace Shell as a graphical abstraction.

In relation to that, here's something 

- J.

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