On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:43:44PM -0400, MikeS wrote: >People like SD may bitch and moan because IBM deviated slightly from >the Shugart standard (or just because they're IBM), but they did indeed >bring some order to what had been pretty chaotic. Pardon the stupid question, but is it really IBM who established the "industry standard" (as it was called back in the day), or was it the clone-makers such as Compaq and others? Given that I felt a bit like Patryk about the IBM PC, I do not know the early history of the hardware that well. I jumped from the Commodore 64 to a 80386SX box in 1990 or thereabouts. For a few years, I felt really bad about using MS-DOS and Windows, until I replaced them with Linux in 1993. Patryk, how do you feel about IBM PS/2 and the MCA bus? I think that the self-identifying hardware was a nice idea (no more address conflicts), but the IBM implementation was too proprietary. The same idea was implemented in the Amiga Zorro cards, and later in PCI and USB, and recently even in the Raspberry Pi Model B+ GPIO header (using an I2C bus for daughterboard identification). Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-07-21 18:00:43
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