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Chapter 2. The Design and Architecture o... > How Does Windows 2000 Professional C...

How Does Windows 2000 Professional Compare to UNIX and Linux?

As mentioned in Chapter 1, Windows 2000 has its roots in UNIX. UNIX is a very popular multitasking operating system developed at Bell Labs in the early 1970s. It was designed by programmers for programmers. In fact, the language C was developed just to write UNIX. Even though UNIX has become a friendlier operating system with the addition of Windows-like interfaces such as MOTIF, it's still relatively user-unfriendly, requiring cryptic commands much like DOS.

Because it is written in C, UNIX can run on any computer that has a C compiler, making it quite portable. Early on, AT&T decided to give away its source code to universities around the world, who picked it up for their computer science departments. AT&T also licensed UNIX to several companies during that time, for a fee. In later years, the licensing price became miniscule as a result of an antitrust settlement against AT&T when Ma Bell was broken up by the Department of Justice. By the end of the 1970s, numerous institutions were running UNIX. The UNIX trademark is now owned by OpenGroup, though the source code is owned by the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO).


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