who invented CONFIGSYS 807
who invented CONFIGSYS 808
My only comment is the lack of knowledge about who-when and where. Things are slightly backwards but I don't want to go through them again. The point I will try to make again...
who invented CONFIGSYS 809
Perhaps, and it makes equal sense. However, perhaps not all parts of DEC were on the same page. I know the acronyms for stuff...
I did not think it was good practice to copy someone's whole post, and send it to another newsgroup (and I suspect without the author's permission). Cross posting is not often a good idea either, now posts that are usual in one group will be seen (and may be not so usual) in the other group. Today most people don't work to check for crossposting and to remove other groups from the "to:" of their replies, or even to check where else their reply may go.
In any event, there is (I believe) little to "discuss" from Durda's reply. It says what is known history, that MS-DOS was derived (in some fashion, there is some controversy about how) from CP-M, CP-M's syntax was inspired by various DEC operating systems, and those in turn were inspired by earlier OS's. Consequently, the original subject of this thread - about the "invention" of when two common words of computing use became combined - is simply a happenstance, not signifigant by itself. A Web search will find this history, or discussions of it.
If there is "much discussion", it will be due to the larger controversies around the history of early microcomputing. Such discussions have also already occurred and can be found with a search of Usenet archives around the Web, or on Web sites which have their own histories of various operating systems. For myself, I don't care for the contentious version of such arguments, which seem to get personal and angry very quickly. A Web search of newsgroups will show that, too. Maybe that is the "spark" mentioned by the re-poster.
RPG on the mainframewhy never popular 811
A good point. IBM's GSD and DPD were like two separate nations. In my experience, the mainframe shops using RPG were usually sites which began with System-3, etc., and then "moved up" to the...
People can post what they want, of course. But when your posts are copied to places you did not choose, or your replies get routed to unexpected places, it's harder to post responsibly. In my opinion of course.
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