Matt Lake, waxes nostalgic at Computerworld and remembers 10 operating systems from the halcyon days of yore (that’s right, I said “yore”).
You’re not really supposed to love an operating system. It’s like your car’s hydraulic system, your digestive system or the global financial system. It’s supposed to do its job — and not get in your way while you’re doing yours.
But like your car, your guts and the economy, computers are more complicated than they seem. And so are our feelings about them.
So the article is “10 operating systems”, but look at the end of his list
- Mac OS
- Amiga OS
- Windows 95
- X Windows
We know… the X Window System, or X Window for short — or just plain X for shortest — is not actually an operating system. But its creators started out with a manifesto, so for that reason alone, we can’t ignore it.
Ah, ok then. So, how many did you run? I used CP/M, DOS (of course), Mac OS, OS/2, and Windows 95. I’m not counting X Windows, but of course that one too.