Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:50 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows Windows NT turned 20 years old today. From a 1998 story about NT, written by Mark Russinovich, "I'll take you on a short tour of NT's lineage, which leads back to Digital and its VMS OS. Most of NT's lead developers, including VMS's chief architect, came from Digital, and their background heavily influenced NT's development. After I talk about NT's roots, I'll discuss the more-than-coincidental similarities between NT and VMS, and how Digital reacted to NT's release."
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Prism and Mica
by znby on Sat 27th Jul 2013 16:23 UTC
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2012-02-03

For the computer history buffs out there, bitsavers has a nice collection of documents describing the Mica OS (the basis of NT), the PRISM architecture that it was meant to run on, and the internal politics that eventually lead to its demise.

http://www.textfiles.com/bitsavers/pdf/dec/prism/

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RE: Prism and Mica
by Tuishimi on Sat 27th Jul 2013 17:27 in reply to "Prism and Mica"
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2005-07-06

Thanks for the link! Cool stuff!!

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RE: Prism and Mica
by PLan on Sun 28th Jul 2013 12:30 in reply to "Prism and Mica"
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2006-01-10

Also worth purchasing a copy of Showstopper! which is a very readable account of a potentially dry topic.

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RE: Prism and Mica
by flydpnkrtn on Sun 28th Jul 2013 22:01 in reply to "Prism and Mica"
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2009-01-02

Thanks for the bitsavers link! I had no idea that project even existed.

Also "Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft" is a great book! I've read the bloody thing in the past but I completely forgot about it... this is why I keep coming back to OSNews ;) The book did a great job of taking a potentially dry and boring subject and keeping it quite interesting in my humble opinion.

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