Welcome to the Doye Tech Student's page. Here will find resources for the
computer science student. The information can be useful to anyone with and
interest in computers, networking, software or the history of the PC. There are
articles on how MSDOS and
then MS Windows came to
dominated the PC operating system market. There are
also articles about GEM the first "windows". You can read
about the evolution of the IBM PC operating system
from CP/M to MS Vista.
Some of the content of the site has not been updated since the death of the best
networking operating system ever, Novell, but
we thought the information is relevant for a historical purpose.
Few people nowadays remember that the IBM PC was
not the first "personal computer" and that MS-DOS was not the first industry
standard operating system. In fact, MS-DOS was but an imperfect copy of the
operating system that really has a claim to that title.
The first generation of personal computers (or microcomputers, as they were
known then) used chips like the Intel 8008, 8080, Zilog Z80, MOS Technology 6502
and Motorola 6800. While some early microcomputers (for example, the Apple II)
used proprietary operating systems, hundreds of different manufacturers licensed
a product called CP/M (as in Control Program / Monitor) made by a company
called Digital Research. Long before the IBM PC and its clones / compatibles,
the CP/M architecture provided for industry standard software that was portable
across hundreds of different brands and models. This was DRI founder Gary
Kildall's main contribution to the software industry. Microsoft simply followed
in DRI's footsteps.