OS4000

Via Alec, two bits of news on this venerable and insane operating system, which ran on GEC mainframes back from the late 70’s through to the turn of the century, and was a part of UK Internet history.

Firstly, he’s managed to get hold of an emulation of the bloody thing; and secondly, the Wikipedia page is under threat of deletion for non-notability. As Alec says, poppycock.

Although I never really poked around inside it, I recall its bizarre directory structure and its awesome command syntax: everything you did sounded like it was a command to launch the nuclear weapons from some 80’s hacker movie. FCOPY USER SINK TRACE DESTROY for example, to delete all a users files (IIRC).

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