On Thu, 2008-04-03 at 19:12 -0700, Rick Stevens wrote:
Hey, be nice! First off, remember Gary Kildall's company was
Research, Inc.--NOT Digital Equipment Corp. (at the time chaired by
I worked for DRI on CP/M and MP/M. There were some nomenclature and UI
similarities between DEC's RT-11 or RSTS and CP/M, but they were NOT the
same company--not by a long shot. They were even on different coasts!
IBM went with Microsoft because they arrived for a meeting with Gary,
but he was out flying his airplane and missed it. IBM got ticked off
and called Microsoft. We've never been sure if IBM was a day early
(as Gary always claimed) or Gary screwed up his calendar. Either one is
as likely as the other (IBM can be petulant and Gary could be very
scatterbrained at times).
my memory of things ain't what it used to be but I vaguely remember that
Kildall was off hang gliding and not flying an airplane.