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  • (Score: 2) by dx3bydt3 on Tuesday October 03 2023, @11:32AM (3 children)

    by dx3bydt3 (82) on Tuesday October 03 2023, @11:32AM (#1326916)

    I voted "other" but I'm not sure the interface counts as an OS. The first computer I used was a VIC-20.
    Other than that, several years later it would have been MS-DOS.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2023, @12:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2023, @12:04PM (#1326921)

    It counts at least as part of an OS. I'm more familiar with the Commodore 64, but a lot of things also apply to the VIC-20. The combination of BASIC and the KERNAL certainly count as an OS. The BASIC interpreter functions as a shell, while the KERNAL contains a few math functions and a lot of I/O routines for various devices. BASIC was stored in 8K of ROM (addresses 40960-49151) and the KERNAL was in another 8K of ROM (addresses 57344-65535). If you used a disk drive, that also had its own processor, a 6502 running at 1 MHz, that ran Commodore DOS. As I recall, the drive also had 64K of address space, but it didn't have a full 64K of RAM like a Commodore 64, and the limited RAM in the drive was mirrored. In the case of the Commodore 64, the value of address 1 would determine whether the various ROMs or the underlying RAM was selected. Anyway, I'd say the combination of BASIC, the KERNAL, and the DOS running on the disk drive certainly constitutes a proper operating system. Alternative operating systems were developed as well like GEOS and LUNIX.

  • (Score: 2) by Zinho on Tuesday October 10 2023, @06:41PM

    by Zinho (759) on Tuesday October 10 2023, @06:41PM (#1328186)

    Glad you mentioned C-64! I don't actually remember whether my first computing experience was on a C-64 at school or the TI 99/4A at home. I'm hard pressed to call using either one "OS experience" since I don't remember interacting with the OS on either one except through the BASIC interface, but those are my first computing experiences. DOS from a floppy disk on a WANG government surplus computer comes next (and got me through college), followed by Win 3.1/3.11. Ah, the good old days...

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  • (Score: 1) by psa on Monday October 16 2023, @08:34PM

    by psa (220) on Monday October 16 2023, @08:34PM (#1329060) Homepage

    Vic-20. That was my first, too. Then apple ][, and VMS.

    Whoever created this poll was clearly younger than I, since most of these operating systems didn't exist when I started using computers.