[Catalyst] OT: Windows bashing (was: Catalyst for (really) bigapplications)
Gary_ASHTON-JONES at rta.nsw.gov.au
Tue May 23 04:23:17 CEST 2006
I know this thread is supposed to be dead but I can't resist one
On 23/05/2006, at 11:14 AM, Kieren Diment wrote:
> on. I've always wondered if, when he wrote DOS and borrowed the
> Unix file
> path, he changed / to \, that was to make it proprietary? LOL.
I hate to look like I'm defending Mr Gates but I believe QDOS used
backslash because Bell Labs had patented forwardslash. (Remember, the
original justification for the Unix project was to assist Bell Labs'
patent applications. (The ironies are too delicious.)) I also believe
Bell's patent of newline for line endings was the same reason for
QDOS using CR/LF (and why Apple chose CR). But I'm happy to be
disabused of either of these beliefs.
> Except he didn't write dos, he bought a product called Quick and
> Dirty Operating System which was what he subsequently sold to IBM
> for the PC :)
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