Article Reference: Linux -- The New CP/M

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Wed Aug 20 03:48:00 2003

On Wed, 20 Aug 2003, Martin Scott Goldberg wrote:

> The bottom line of all the above being in the 70's and early 80's, many
> many platforms = bad. CP/M must be customized to support many
> many platforms/disk formats/HW configurations = bad, and it's licensing
> practices leads to many different flavors. Microsoft used IBM (by also
> pushing for an open platform and a non-OS based BIOS that they would
> not have to worry about protecting - that's IBM's problem) to push for
> standardization and thin the herd. And set itself in position to retain

Acutally, Microsoft hedged its bets and created versions of MS-DOS for all
sorts of platforms, since it was by no means certain that the IBM PC would
dominate until at least a couple years after it showed up.

Sellam Ismail                                        Vintage Computer Festival
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