Did you know that Microsoft made their own version of UNIX, all the way back as far as 1979, before MS-DOS and Windows was even a thing!? As usual, no story of computing folklore would be complete without a bit of controversy, and the story of Xenix is not short of a fair few crazy moments! Controversy aside, I bet you'll learn a good bit about a bit of history today, that could have changed the way we see and use computers a whole lot, if Xenix had won the day. Get ready for a compelling story!
Learn about: Legal battles! Product mergers! Acquisitions! UNIX on the original PC and Apple Lisa! Steve Ballmer on Cocaine!
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Credits for video:
A look into Xenix, Microsoft's long forgotten Unix Operating System [COMPAQ PORTABLE PLUS - Pt III] - @THEPHINTAGECOLLECTOR
SCO OpenServer 6.0.0 - @digitalarchaeologist5102
SCO vs. IBM - SCO's lawsuit against IBM - @techperspectives
Lawyer Career Video - @Lawyer Career Video
BSD UNIX - NETWORK ENCYCLOPEDIA @NetworkEncyclopedia
SUN Sparcstation 10 (Year 1993) - SUN OS 4.1.4 & NeXTSTEP 3.3.4 - @devnull.
A Tour of Windows 3.1 - Software Showcase - @ComputerClan
How Bill Gates CRUSHED IBM with One GENIUS Move (The Story of Microsoft Documentary) - @thinkonomics
Linus Torvalds Introduces Linux 1.0 - @techperspectives
Microsoft Windows 95 - Start Multitasking (Commercial Remake) - @holograms
History of Microsoft -- 1975 - @jonpaulmoen
TRS-80 Model 16 - TRSDOS and XENIX Demo - @TJBChris
Compaq 386s/20 386sx - XENIX with GUI & Network (Year 1991) - @devnull.
The Computer Chronicles - UNIX (1985) - @ComputerChroniclesYT
Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie Explain UNIX (Bell Labs) - @VortexTech
Bell Labs Film on Shaping the Computer Age from 1984 - AT&T Archives - @ATTTechChannel
AT&T Archives: The UNIX Operating System - @ATTTechChannel
Microsoft Interface Manager:
XENIX Now! / SCO XENIX - Computer Ads From the Past:
Beta Archive SCO Unix 3.2:
SCO System V 2.x - Archive.org:
Apple Lisa and SCO XENIX:
Table of Contents:
1:44 Origins of Xenix
6:15 What did Xenix run on & what did it do?
8:08 How much did Xenix cost?
9:57 Shortcomings of Xenix
12:19 Imagine what could have been
15:07 Selling to SCO
20:04 Legal Issues & Bankruptcy
21:05 How Xenix lives on!