Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CP/M: 40 años

CP/M cumple 40 años.

Para celebrarlo, el Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) de New York, instalará una placa conmemorativa en los alrededores de lo que fue el edificio de Digital Research Inc. en Pacific Grove, California, el próximo 25 de abril de 2014.

Fuente: https://www.facebook.com/KildallLegacy

An IEEE Milestone plaque to commemorate Gary Kildall’s development of the first disk-based operating system for microcomputers to be dedicated on 4/25/14
Gary Kildall's CP/M, the first disk-based operating system for microcomputers, kick-started the personal computer revolution in Pacific Grove, CA in the fall of 1974

An instructor in computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a consultant to Intel Corporation, Dr. Gary A. Kildall founded Digital Research Inc. (DRI) in Pacific Grove, CA to commercialize CP/M that together with his Basic Input Output System (BIOS) concept kick-started the PC revolution. By 1980, Kildall had sold “millions of copies to manufacturers and end-users” and employed several hundred people in Pacific Grove. Sales continued to grow and expanded into other areas of computer software, including CD ROMs, educational tools, networking, and a video animation program that was purchased by a “little company called Pixar.” Towards the end of the decade DRI faltered and in 1991 Novell Inc. purchased the assets. Gary Kildall died following an accident in 1994 but the legacy of his work lives on as the forerunner of the operating systems that continue to power the majority of the world’s computers.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), the New York-based “world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology”, Milestone program honors important events in electrical engineering and computing. Achievements such Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb, Marconi’s wireless communications, and Bell Labs first transistor are recognized with a commemorative plaque in an appropriate location. To coincide with the 40th anniversary year of the CP/M prototype, the IEEE will install a bronze Milestone plaque outside the former DRI headquarters at 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA.

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