Thread: Your OS History

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    I did think of those. But I never thought of them as having an OS. Just the hardware and a firmware language interpreter.
    The list there is much smaller. Just the ZXSpetcrum that took me through the 80s until close to the end of the decade when I got my first PC. ZXSpetcrum emulation is one of my longtime passions and I do play its games still today. That console had a great impact on me and is responsible also for having me choose the path of a developer. On it I learned to program BASIC and Z80 assembly, from paper magazines.

    I do also remember owning one of those old cartridge gaming consoles of the 70s. I know today it was probably a Coleco or Magnavox. It was bundled with tons of games on two cartridges. Like 100 games. Most being variations on a theme. But those machines where not built for user interactivity. Definitely they were not early PC philosophy. The ZXSpetcrum was most definitely!
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    What about all those 8-bit micros from the late 1970's through the 1980's ?
    Yea, I forgot about a few, like the Commodore VIC-20 and the Commodore 64 which I owned. I also had the CPM cartridge for the C-64 and several "external" disk drives to go along with the tape drive from the VIC-20. I learned to program on these small machines using basic then dBase II and you really needed to "invent" ways to cram useful programs into these limited machines.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    What about all those 8-bit micros from the late 1970's through the 1980's ?
    I did mention Atari DOS for their 6502 based computers (400 / 800 / 65XE / 130XE). I left out CP/M for a Z80 based computer I had. There was also Altair DOS for the Altair 8800 (Intel 8080). CP/M was used on a lot of Intel 8080 / Intel 8085 / Zilog Z80 based systems, the Tandy Radio Shack TRS 80 for example, and a lot of various versions of S100 bus 8 bit systems.

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    Wow and I thought I was old.

    Here is my list:
    Windows 98
    Windows XP
    Windows Vista Home basic SP 1 (Still using it - rock solid except few glitches with audio driver)
    RedHat Linux
    Linux Ubuntu/Kubuntu
    Slackware (the most stable linux I have ever used)

    If what I dabbled on VirtualBox for a few days counts, then the below:
    1) BackTrack Linux (Now Kali)
    2) Solaris
    3) DamnSmall Linux
    4) Linux Mint
    .. probably missed some.. ah the fond memories of when I had too much time at hand.

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    Windows 95
    Windows 98
    Windows XP
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows 10

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    Here's my OS history:

    Windows 98
    Windows XP
    Windows 7 at present

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    Windows 95, 98 (Remember seeing in primary school.)
    Windows XP (First home computer came with it)

    Ubuntu 8.04 (Got the CD from a magazine!)
    Fedora 11 (Took a few days to download..)

    Ubuntu || Mint || OpenSuse || Gentoo (Got a better internet connection -> distro hopping for a few years)

    Arch ( desktop, 2012 - now) || OSX/MacOS ( laptop, 2015 - now ) || Android ( tablet, 2013 - now)

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