Timeline of computing 1990–present

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This article presents a timeline of events in the history of computing from 1990 to 1999. For a narrative explaining the overall developments, see the related history of computers and history of computer science.

Computing timelines: 2400 BC–1949, 1950–1979, 1980–1989, 1990–1999, 2000–present.

Contents

1990

1991

This version, after the mess of version 4, was properly tested through the distribution of Beta versions to over 7,500 users. This version included the ability to load device drivers and TSR programs above the 640 KiB boundary (into UMBs and the HMA), freeing more RAM for programs. This version marked the end of collaboration between Microsoft and IBM on DOS.

Linux has become one of the most widely used Unix-like operating system kernels in the world today. It now runs on many different types of computers, including the Sun SPARC and the DEC/Compaq Alpha, as well as many ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and Motorola 68000 based computers.

In 1992, the GNU project adopted the Linux kernel for use with GNU systems while they waited for the development of their own kernel, GNU Hurd, to be completed. The GNU project's aim is to provide a complete and free Unix-like operating system, combining the Hurd or Linux kernel with a complete suite of free software to run on it. Torvalds changed the licence of the Linux kernel from one prohibiting commercial use to the GNU General Public License on 1 February 1992.

1992

1993

N.B. The Windows 95 version of MS-DOS report itself as version 7.0, Windows 95 OSR2 reports 7.1.

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