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Five operating systems that time forgot

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While you're cursing the slow boot times of your modern PC or wondering why you can't have 50 applications open at once without the system taking a hit, cast your mind back to the operating systems of old.

Here are five operating systems we fondly remember. Actually, that's a lie. One of them had us pointing with derision when we first saw it, and even the rose tinted spectacles of nostalgia can't wipe that memory.

OS/2 (1987)

Can there ever have been a more ignominious fall from grace? OS/2 was the love child of Microsoft and IBM, the two brightest stars in the PC pantheon. It had a task switcher, a graphical interface, the HPFS filing system, and lots of other cool stuff. And yet it was utterly destroyed in the market place by ugly, clunky, crashy Windows three point oh.

For the first time, we were forced to confront the appalling truth that marketing always trumps technology. OS/2 never quite died – Banco do Brasil had 10,000 machines running OS/2 Warp in the 1990s – and technically you can still buy it. But don't.

NextStep (1989)

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