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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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