Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Computer Order

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Computer Order

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THE alliance between IBM and Apple Computer might be regarded as a kind of "new world order" in the currently agitated US small computer industry. The two high-tech giants announced last week they would join forces to create a new operating system for workstation and personal computers and software for that system.

For those who know less about how computers work than how to work them, an operating system is a computer's underlying framework or foundation - the system that tells the machine how to "read" the software it is programmed with.

The IBM-Apple alliance, if successful, will force out of the computer field many smaller companies now struggling to stay afloat. The deal may capture the future of small computer use in the US by offering a standardized IBM-Apple system. Currently, the small computer field is split between IBM and Apple systems, which aren't compatible.

One standard for PCs would doubtless be a boon. In 1991, one can argue, personal computers have become akin to a utility, like telephones. …

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