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Micros~1 and the noninteroperability open protocol innovations
Op Tue, 07 Jun 2005 10:13:51 -0700, schreef lqualig: OK, then don't play silly buggers and give...

Actually, Plug-and-Play was actually a Linux innovation. Yddragasil (sic) Linux was the first to introduce this feature. It had the ability to probe, identify, and configure driver modules based on probes of peripherals installed on the bus.

What made Linux PnP interesting was that Linux Pnp supported VESA-VLB, ISA, EISA, Microchannel-MCA, and several other popular busses. Furthermore, Linux PnP did NOT rely on proprietary and undocumented identification codes available only on the PCI bus.

This approach made it possible for Linux to very quickly install on a number of windows systems that wouldn't even run Windows 95. PnP Linux was quickly adopted and enhanced by Red Hat Linux in their Holloween release (October 1994, and Mother's Day release in May of 1995).

The Red Hat Package Manager was one of the first package managers to not only unpack and install the software, but also to check for the presence of other dependency packages. This is a feature which often annoys Linux users who know that certain libraries available as newer versions are not recognized by RPM as acceptable.

It has been said that when Bill Gates of Microsoft first saw Plug-and-Play Linux, he stopped the "Chicago" (Windows 95) development team in it's tracks and said "We don't release until we have PnP that does NOT work on Linux". The one thing that is known is that Windows was initially slated to be released in early 1995 and wasn't released at all until August, and wasn't stable until the release of Windows 95 SE in March or April of 1996.


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