Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th May 2017 22:29 UTC
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Astute readers will notice that that's exactly the same message as PC DOS 1.0 (August 1981) shows, but this COMMAND.COM did not prompt for the date. That's because this disk is not from August but rather early June 1981 - newest file is timestamped June 6, 1981 - which may make it the oldest known surviving piece of software written for the IBM PC (not counting the IBM PC ROMs which are dated April 1981). It’s certainly the oldest known surviving PC operating system.

I'm starting to sound like a broken record on this topic, but it can't be said often enough: the preservation of software - whether important world-changing or not - is crucial if we want to document the history of where software came from, and where it's going to.

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by brostenen on Mon 29th May 2017 06:54 UTC
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Saving old software are just as important as the hardware and drivers/tools, as well as the knowledge behind all this. Just take a site like Vogons. It is filled up with knowledge behind software, drivers and hardware. Someone there might even have copies of old software that someone is seeking. I think that the internet archieve, and projects/sites like Vogons are doing a hell of a job. Even when one of the longest running 3DfX related sites closed down, a couple of users began to mirror the site, just to preserve for the future.

People all over the internet are doing preservation jobs all the time.

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