The Reg gives me a story I can't snigger at.
Windows for Warships (AKA windows 2000).
Thank heavens they aren't deploying BLOAT-WARE Windows XP Home (or Pro!)
Given the history of Microsoft, and of Windows NT (Next Technology) and that great dead OS, OS/2, it's important to know the Microsoft windows Family tree.
In the beginning (1981) there was DOS 1.0. or PC Diskette Operating System
and more was needed....
| 1985 Microsoft announced a partnership with IBM to write the
^ "Next generation" OS: (OS/2) started in 1985
| \OS/2 version 1.0 released Dec 1987 (co-developed with IBM)
| \ OS/2 V1.1 with graphics (Presentation Manager)11/1988.
| \ OS/2 V1.2 with 386 mode support 1991. (split occurs here)
| \ OS/2 2.0, released in April 1992 (Solely by IBM)
| \OS2/ Warp 4 Last release: end of support life 12/31/2006 (we missed it!)
(1990) Lan Manager for UNIX (co-written with the formerly intact AT&T), 3Com and
HP in 1990. It was the primary OS by microsoft for NETWORKING until OS/2
and Windows NT came of age.
The collaboration between IBM and Microsoft unravelled in 1990, between the
releases of Windows 3.0 and OS/2 1.3. In the end, Microsoft decided to recast
NT OS/2 3.0 as Windows NT, leaving all future OS/2 development to IBM
Windows 3.0 (first version that essentially got it right, May 1990.
windows 3.11 (first version with GOOD networking-- about 1992)
| | NT Family TREE
| \ NT 3.1 July 27, 1993
| (to paraphrase the late, great harry Chapin's favorite expression talking
| about his song,
| 30,000 lbs of bananas," BILL, IT STUNK!"
| \ NT 3.5 September 21, 1994 FIRST usable version of WIN-NT wkstation!
| \ NT 5.0 (aka Windows 2000 feb. 20000
| \ NT 5.1 (aka Windows XP ,media center, and others oct. 2001
| \ NT 5.2 (aka win server 2003 Apr. 2003
| \ NT 6.0 (aka Win Vista) 12/2006 thru Jan-2007
| W/95| (released mid-93/94) Had first inkling of FUTURE new technology, with
| introduction of the "registry" to replace "ini" files
CONSUMER OS/ pre-installed on new PC's.
Win 98 second and last Consumer OS based on windows 16 bit platform..