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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 10 Number 3 -- Happenings

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Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 14 page(s) / 57K

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Software Patent Institute

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RUTH A. MAULUCCI: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

On 17 June, 1987, a Pioneer Day devoted to operating systems was held at the National Computer Conference in Chicago. Amy Mastrogio vanni, himself a pioneer in the field, was one of the conference attendees. In this issue of the Happenings Department, he shares his impressions of the Pioneer Day meeting and his thoughts on operating systems in general.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1988 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Happenings

RUTH A. MAULUCCI,

EDITOR

The Happenings department reports on events -- past, present, and future -- that are of particular interest to the history of computing. Of primary importance are recent meetings that are of historical significance. Few meetings concentrate solely on history, but many contain sessions that can be recorded in this department. Organizers of historical sessions and meetings are urged to appoint a person with the specific responsibility of writing a report and submitting it to this department. They are further encouraged to tape-record sessions and to create a photographic record that can be deposited with one of the computer archival establishments, such as the Charles Babbage Institute, the Computer Museum, or the Smithsonian Institution. Conference planners are specifically referred to Appendix B, Conference Organization, in "History of Programming Languages" (Richard I. Wexelblat (ed.), New York, Academic Press, 1981), for a description of the preliminary steps that may be taken to obtain and record historical material presented in a conference setting.

This department will also present news and notices of forthcoming activities that are of historical value. These may include conferences, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, and general memorabilia. Contributions should consist of a brief description of the activity, highlighting its specific relevance.

Finally, this department will contain citations of prominent dates in the history of computing. Readers are welcome to submit suggestions. These must include the day, month, and year of the event, and should be accompanied by a statement of the source used for verification.

Operating Systems: Some Reflections After a Meeting in Chicago

Introduction

On 17 June, 1987, a Pioneer Day devoted to operating systems was held at the National Computer Conference in Chicago. Amy Mastrogio vanni, himself a pioneer in the field, was one of the conference attendees. In this issue of the Happenings Department, he shares his impressions of the Pioneer Day meeting and his thoughts on operating systems in general.

What Hath They Wrought?

The Chicago Conference was a time of joyous reunions, friendly reminiscences, and some serious reflections; but to some of us a rare anomaly was becoming evident: The Pioneers were being honored for an achievement for which neither an approximate date nor a precise definition has ever been established. The Pioneer Day seminars addressed both points briefly but did not add much clarification to either of them. In the case of the date, the lack of precision is understandable for there is no clean dividing line separating the preoperating system and the

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