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DEC
by earl, 5220 days ago
Digital Equipment Corporation

Founded in 1957 by Kenneth Olson and Harlan Anderson, DEC was (once) an important and influential company in the computer industry. After a sequence of technology sell-outs DEC was completely taken over by [create Compaq] in 1998. Compaq in turn was acquired by HP in 2002.

DEC technology includes: the Alpha microprocessor, the [create PDP] and [create VAX] computers and a multitude of operating systems, [create VMS] being one of them. AltaVista was created in a DEC research lab.

DEC was the driving force behind an attempt to standardize Unix which resulted in OSF/1 later renamed to Digital Unix and again to Tru64 (by Compaq). OSF/1 was built on [create Mach], the same microkernel [create Mac OS X] is based on.

"every one of the major general-purpose microcomputer operating systems so far (CP/M, MS-DOS, Unix, OS/2) were either genetically descended from a DEC OS, or incubated on DEC hardware or both."

-- foldoc entry about DEC
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