OS/2 (was: OT! Re: [TriLUG] Defeated by a website..)
kevin at flanagannc.net
Sat Jan 1 23:30:07 EST 2005
I used to work at DEC, from 88 to 94, and heard a lot of other
things, don't know how many are true.
Cutler's project was supposedly called Prism, when the Alpha Chip came
out it was called AXP, officially it "didn't stand for anything", but
rumor said that meant Almost eXactly Prism.
I still have some mugs, and shirts from those days, until recently I had
an Alpha workstation, Magnus has it now.
On Sat, 2005-01-01 at 21:12 -0500, Dan Monjar wrote:
> Kevin Flanagan wrote:
> >On Friday 31 December 2004 01:23 pm, Scott G. Hall wrote:
> >>OS/2 originally started as a joint venture between IBM and Microsoft.
> >>When Microsoft could not take the terms of the deal anymore, they
> >>forked their own variation, called Win-NT.
> >It's always been my understanding, and I've been intimately involved with NT
> >in all of it's varieties, that NT was a clean build from OS/2.
> >Dave Cutler worked for DEC, created RSX/11 and VMS there, his next project was
> >code named prism, when that project was cancelled he went over to Microsoft
> >and created NT. I continue to find things in Windows 2003 Server that are
> >almost direct ports from VMS. Did you know that starting with 2003 Server
> >you can adjust "Quantum", the slice of time a process gets when it gets it's
> >turn "on processor". That's something that we did adjust on VMS systems back
> >in the 80's. There are Registry keys that are almost directly taken from
> >VMS, IRP stack size is adjustable, think network buffers. Most likely none
> >of this is all that interesting to the Linux community, except for the
> >general geekiness of it all. ;')
> >It's been my understanding that they took most of the same talent from the
> >OS/2 dev team, and started over with Dave's leadership.
> >Then again, I could be wrong.....
> Don't think so... there's a book out about the creation of NT called
> "Showstopper!" that details this creation and your Dave Cutler history
> is accurate. I've been working with VMS since 1986 and still have a
> couple of VMS 6.2 systems running. There is a lot of stuff underneath
> the hood of NT that directly relates to VMS.
> BTW, back in the day the default 'quanta' was 20ms... seems kind of a
> long time now ;-)
Kevin Flanagan <kevin at flanagannc.net>
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