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It all started years ago, in a galaxy far, far away ........
Most of you may remember the beginnings, but some of you probably have just read about it. There are many, many different types of operating systems but for my purposes here I will just touch on Microsoft Windows which about 85% + of all of us are running on our computers.
There was of course, DOS which more or less started it all. One movie that more or less gives background on the start of the computer revolution and DOS that I enjoyed a lot is "Pirates of Silicon Valley". If you ever get a chance to watch it, please do, you should enjoy it.
After DOS we moved into a GUI interface, one that let the user have a more personable experience. Microsoft started out with the Windows versions:
Windows 3.1 and then the big upgrade to
Windows 95 which lead to the next change
Windows 98 From which grew some upgrades
Windows 98SE (Second Edition) and one more "upgrade"
Windows ME (Millennium) seen as a bridge to a more secure system
Windows 2000 Professional. This version of Windows is still running on many work place and home desktops after almost 7 years after release.
Windows XP came out in a couple of flavors, Home and Professional to try and separate the work place and the home user.
Windows Vista, with it's many flavors, was just released to the public last month, January 2007, about 5 years after XP and after several release promises that were not met. The biggest disappointment for retailers was that is wasn't released for the Christmas 2006 season.
On the professional side there were the work station and server versions, NT Work Station, NT Server (various versions), Server 2000 (and Advanced Server), and Server 2003. There are many other "server" accessory versions and mail versions, such as Exchange, Proxy, IIS and many more.
What's next? I guess only the future will tell. But there is a movement to getting away from all of this and doing everything from the Internet. Your only requirement will be a good high speed connection and we are just starting to see that now with Cable and FIOS. Here is one example: http://www.youos.com/ It's a desktop with applications that you customize and can access from any Internet connection, anywhere in the world. Google has also developed some applications that run on the web, an Excel like spreadsheet, a Word document type of application and they will even host a web site for you. Of course Microsoft is leaning that way now too.
Vista is now a downloadable choice instead of purchasing at a brick and mortar or Internet store. You can even upgrade your version of Vista without going anywhere, just install your choice of system and then go to their upgrade link to get a key to unlock the version of Vista that you want. They are all supposed to be on the one disk, you just need the right key.
One good link with lots of references: http://www.refdesk.com/win95.html and links to other sites on operating systems.