[NTLK] ProDOS [WAS: "Re: [OT] WWDC 2015, any NTLKers there?"]

Lord Groundhog lordgroundhog at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 07:14:29 EDT 2015

~~~ On 2015/06/10 01:54, Dennis Swaney at romad at mac.com wrote ~~~

> Christian,
> ProDOS 8 was the OS for the Apple IIe/c computers; it replaced an OS that
> was just called Apple DOS. ProDOS originated from the Apple III OS which
> was called SOS (kinda fits given the problems of the Apple III). ProDOS 8
> was just a renaming to make a distinction between the 8-bit and 16-bit
> versions of ProDOS. ProDOS 16 was specifically for the Apple IIGS as an
> interim until GS/OS was released.
> Sincerely,
> Dennis B. Swaney
> "I think, therefore I Mac"
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM, Lord Groundhog <lordgroundhog at gmail.com>
> wrote:

Ah, thanks for that.  I didn't own any Macs back in the days of Iie/c so I
hadn't come across ProDOS.  I'd heard others talk of System 7, System 8, and
so on, but didn't really start learning details of how Macs work until I got
my Pismo and I'd never heard of that one at all.

I still have much to learn.

Out of curiosity, would my Classic currently running system 8 run ProDOS and
would there be any point in doing that?

Funny thing, now that I look back.  In the '80s and '90s, when I had
conversations with friends who owned Macs, they seldom talked about their OS
or their applications in the abstract.  They told me about the amazing
things they could do on their Macs, not so much about the particulars of
what they had to do for it to work.  When I was curious how it could be so
easy, I had to ask.  For them, the point was that the computer was a tool
that did whatever was needed, well and with no fuss.

It was the same when I was away from my own machine and needed to use
theirs.  Read a disk I'd made on my peecee?  "My Mac can do that for you."
Open and edit files written in a peecee application?  "My Mac can do that."
Save those files so I can still use them on my (poor, benighted) peecee when
I get home?  "My Mac can do that."  And it could.

To me, that attitude, making computing less like farming with a horse-drawn
plough and more like using a modern tractor, may be one of Apple's most
important and long-lasting contributions to computing.



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