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Happy 30th Birthday, DOS!

Posted on July 28, 2011

If you were born before the mid-1980s, you are probably very familiar with DOS, which is celebrating its 30th birthday. If you do not have a clue what I am talking about, DOS is arguably the most popular command-line-based operating system in the history of computing.

The history of DOS is rich, having been a standard in IBM-compatible computers back in the early 1980s. The system’s purchase by Microsoft, which gave birth to MS-DOS, started the rise of personal computers.

Although users can now use their Windows-based computers without having to go through MS-DOS, it can still be accessed in the “Command Prompt” program and still type in commands as if you are learning them during a lesson in computer class. The legacy of DOS can still be seen in today’s computers. It is through DOS-based computing that system drives in computers start at C, not A and B, which were used for floppy drives. Also, many of our file extensions can trace its roots to DOS such as .exe and .txt.

If you like to test your DOS skills, download FreeDOS and see if your directory navigation skills remain rustless. You can also experience how geeks of yesteryears entertain themselves by playing Classic DOS Games.

Source: TechCrunch



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Happy 30th Birthday, DOS! | hupdate on July 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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