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    There were so many and I used so few.

    The most impressive OS that I ever used was MULTICS.

    It was amazing and I won’t rant and rave, but it was awesome.

    From what little I know, it was not even close to being approached until the AmigaOS.

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    Damn, you took it old school there. How old is your computer?

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    This is *already* seriously off topic.

    Originally Posted by Bradley
    Damn, you took it old school there. How old is your computer?
    I have so many… the oldest….
    I suppose there’s an ATARI 400 still hanging around, I gave my 800 away to my sister a long time ago.
    My earliest console game was a Magnavox Odyssey 300
    It was full of wires soldered to huge transistors, resistors, and capacitors.
    No boot program there.

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    The ODYSSEY being designed about one of the early primitive integrated circuits,
    only needed to boot to a steady state in order
    to service a simple sequence of events involving the extremely limited analog input
    (a couple of switches and potentiometers).

    Know that the early 8-bit Atari OS was very advanced for the day (1979).
    For an important two year window the ATARI hardware was superior in every way to the competition,
    but the financial sector drove progress and they were not about to allow "toys" to invade the business space.

    For yet another four year window the ATARI and Commodore products were the best bang for the buck compared to the Apple, and Zenith platforms, and a vastly better hardware solution than the various "business" machines such as Kaypro, Tandy, and the new IBM PC platform.

    The 8-bit ATARI hardware and OS (one of the first for the new micros) was largely a product of the legendary Jay Miner who designed much of the hardware.
    Check out De Re Atari for a good breakdown of the best 8-bit OS)

    Jay’s vision of a proper computer was derided at the time by the business powers that be,
    but every one of his advancements are present in the current operating systems.

    You’ll hear about Woz and Jobs and Gates, but the true wizard was Jay Miner.

    The problem was that pre-internet the development community was non existent outside of hobby groups
    and the superior hardware was largely untapped except for games.

    The Visicalc software was developed on the Apple,
    and in my opinion was a big factor in Apple’s successful history as a company.

    It could have been done on the ATARI, but the Apple II was an established machine while the ATARI 8-bit only an upstart.
    This business software gave the Apple 8-bit respectability, and the rest is history.

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    Nice, thanks for the info. Do you still use these systems or just have them for keep sakes? Have any modern systems running Windows, Linux or Mac?

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    Three XP boxes. One Home, one Media Center, and one Professional that can also boot into Ubuntu 10.
    I also have a HP tx2525 Touchsmart tablet PC running Vista a really, really bad OS.
    I just don’t have the bucks to give M$ for the upgrade to 7 right now.

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