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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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  1. What is considered to be the first operating system, and who developed it?

  2. What is the difference between a proprietary architecture and an open architecture?

  3. Give three reasons why the Unix operating system is as popular as it is.

  4. Why are there different "flavors" of Unix?

  5. What is the purpose of Posix?

  6. What does open source mean?

  7. What are the principal barriers to widespread acceptance faced by an OS like Linux?

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