Originally posted by karajorma
There is NO BLOODY WAY I can let that statement stand. I can name about 5 OS's off the top of my head that could mulitask before any of Microsoft's pathetic attempts at multitasking came along.
Windows NT came along only in ~95. UNIX had already split into several different multi-tasking variants. BeOS had been around for a couple of years already and the Amiga had been using a multi-tasking OS for over 10 years.
And if you think that they aren`t proper OS's I suggest you log off right now and stay offline cause the internet wouldn`t even exist if it had been left to MS.
....Nope.... although the other systems were capable of having (or appearing to have) two or more programs running at once, They had problems.
95 was the very first with automated task switching controled by the OS, not by the user, Whilst the others could stand multiple programs being up, it couldn't run them like that, they would go inactive if the user wasn't directly doing something.
95 introduced the 'Process Model' and 'Process Image' system, which would write to vitual devices, certainly, the technology was possible before that point, but no one had implemented the ability for it, programs had to control CPU interrupts themselves, including those on Unix, Gem, and other such systems.
I'm not playing about here, if you want to try me...
Go read a book called "Operating Systems" It was written by two guys, Madnik and someone...I'll find the other author out soonish, that is /THE/ Book to read if you wish to read about OS' because it deals with all, and/or generalised principles, explaining how things were done, and developed.
(The two authors were guys who developed IBM's first major operating system..)
CP, I will welcome your points, however if you want a full answer from me it'd probably have to wait until christmas, I had to analyise FS as a form of new age literature at one point, and then I was asked to expand upon it I did FS2.
Comparing FS1, and FS2 in terms of literature, FS1 would outsell FS2 if it were made filmage or bookage, simply because society doesn't have much lit which keeps you on continual plot twists.
...if you didn't notifce...apart from that stupid horror genre which isn't scary anymore...(...Was it ever...?) nothing does what FS2 does unless it's part of a long running series, period...
Hmm. Something like FS2 would be okay, if they didn't let it become so anti-climatic...
I remember my mates thinking after they blew the ravana "There's more? blah....." ehh, I'll go through and play the whole thing again soon, (preferably after XP Corp arrives....) and I'll dig up my notes from English Lit...
Side note, Kara, Who's on a university course that has to study operating systems? hehe...
I know what I'm talking about
Even as much as I hate microsoft O.o