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Have you ever wondered how your favourite operating system got started? Well wonder no more as the following infographic gives you all the necessary facts, going all the way back to the very first OS back in the 1950’s.

Whether it’s Windows, Mac or Linux, you’ll find some fun, cool and interesting facts below that maybe you didn’t know about before.

Created for MakeUseOf by Wix

  1. Spud
    March 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    "UNIX is the backbone of Linux". I love living dangerously!!

  2. John Massaglia
    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    What does "Non-debian Compatible" mean in the list of Ubuntu's attributes?

  3. RichardCarpen
    March 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

    It was a GUI designed for (originally anyway) Commodore 64, that was writen by Berkeley Softworks.

    Some out there are running on thier DSes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  4. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    "all the best people in the world seems to like LINUX"
    Orly? Prettu strong words

  5. echorse
    March 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    "all the best people in the world seems to like LINUX"
    Orly? Prettu strong words

  6. Steven Macarzer
    March 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    what operating system was running in those Sinclair ZX..series????

  7. Sidd
    March 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    GEOS?

    • Anonymous
      March 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

      It was a GUI designed for (originally anyway) Commodore 64, that was writen by Berkeley Softworks.

      Some out there are running on thier DSes.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuKIHP88GVQ

  8. RichardCarpen
    March 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    iOS is unix based also, just had to throw that out there.

    Guys it is just a brief overview, It takes forever to do these. Ones that cover everthing are boring, but ones that do not suck... man no one ever wins. :-)

  9. Aibek
    March 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for all the feedback guys, good and bad. We'll do better with the next one.

  10. Aibek
    March 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    yep, the quotes are pretty cool

  11. Jeremy Ben
    March 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

    What's Mac OS 7.06? It was Mac OS 7.6

  12. Guillermo Garron
    March 3, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Nice!
    Thanks

  13. JK
    March 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I don't think "Supported" is accurate for Slackware. "Included" would have been a much better word - Slackware, by default, comes with everything you need to build most pieces of software in the world, which is more than I can say for certain other distros (ERROR: Missing headers. Please install comment-dev and comment-headers and try again.)

  14. Aaron
    March 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    infographics are a horrible way to present information. they serve the graphic designer's ego, not the reader. the trend toward using these ridiculous types of graphics is a disturbing move in the dumbing down of our society.

    just say no to infographics.

    • Aibek
      March 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

      infographics represent lots of data in an easy to digest and engaging manner. whats wrong with it?

  15. Aaron
    March 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    infographics are a horrible way to present information. they serve the graphic designer's ego, not the reader. the trend toward using these ridiculous types of graphics is a disturbing move in the dumbing down of our society.

    just say no to infographics.

  16. Jim
    March 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Original author of Space Travel http://www.osdata.com/kind/his...

  17. soumalya
    March 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    i like the quotes better than the infographic.

    • Aibek
      March 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

      yep, the quotes are pretty cool

  18. Morgancoxuk
    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

    As you have missed out the greatest computer ever made (Amiga) I can only assume the rest if factually incorrect.

  19. James Jones
    March 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Who the bleep is Jeremy Ben?

  20. yochai
    March 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    adding iOS and not android (which is linux) seems silly... I assume the linux share does not include android.

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      iOS is unix based also, just had to throw that out there.

      Guys it is just a brief overview, It takes forever to do these. Ones that cover everthing are boring, but ones that do not suck... man no one ever wins. :-)

    • Aibek
      March 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

      good point :-)

  21. Ohyesh
    March 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Slackware Linux "Few supported applications"

    I don't know if there's more truth than there is irony in that assumption. Depending on how you look at it.

    If you like lectures, here's one on the history of GUI's called "Bad hackers copy, great hackers steal." from CUSEC (the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference)

    http://vimeo.com/4763707

  22. Aibek
    March 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

    thanks for heads up
    we'll try not to do better on the next one :-)

    Aibek

  23. Ohyesh
    March 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Slackware Linux "Few supported applications"

    I don't know if there's more truth than there is irony in that assumption. Depending on how you look at it.

    If you like lectures, here's one on the history of GUI's called "Bad hackers copy, great hackers steal." from CUSEC (the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference)

    http://vimeo.com/4763707

  24. Jeff Parker
    March 2, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Only scrawled on Tux's chest was OpenSuSE ...but that still leaves the (original form of) NetWare Completely Missing. Novell's NetWare was Microsoft's bane for a decade.

    ???

  25. Pavan Mysore
    March 2, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Its funny you have left out a major OS that created waves in the Mobile/Smartphones.
    Ofcourse it is Symbian! I think it deserves due credit!

    • Aibek
      March 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

      thanks for heads up
      we'll try not to do better on the next one :-)

      Aibek

  26. Amiga
    March 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    ... and AmigaOS

  27. Gupta5548
    March 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Hey! You forgot OS/2 the first real multitasking multithreaded GUI for the PC !

  28. Tina
    March 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Gotta love the quotes!

  29. thor
    March 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Where are the DEC Operating systems? Tops-10/20, RSTS/E, RSX. Some of which Bill Gates and company cut their teeth on and surely influenced their later work.

  30. Jim
    March 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Saying that UNIX is the backbone of Linux is dangerous, it implies that UNIX source code is contained in the Linux Kernel, which is not true (and has been the subject of legal threats and lawsuits in the past). Also, to credit Jeremy Ben in the creation of UNIX is gross negligence and indicates that whoever created that graphic has not read this: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/... Please give credit where credit is due.

  31. Jim
    March 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Saying that UNIX is the backbone of Linux is dangerous, it implies that UNIX source code is contained in the Linux Kernel, which is not true (and has been the subject of legal threats and lawsuits in the past). Also, to credit Jeremy Ben in the creation of UNIX is gross negligence and indicates that whoever created that graphic has not read this: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/hist.html Please give credit where credit is due.

  32. Craig
    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    what about Multics, GCOS, MPE, VME, 8080,8085, OS2, NeXT, Plan 9, solaris, dynix ptx, HP-UX, AIX? to name but a few.....

  33. YeaSayer
    March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    You're pretty.

    • Aibek
      March 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      me? :-)

    • Ben
      March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      That was random...

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