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MS-DOS was a r o u g h i m i t a t i o n of CP/M, one of the first p o r t a b l e o p e r a t i n g systems. ' P o r t a b l e ' means t h a t t h e OS could r u n on 3 ,0 V) < d i f f e r e n t hardware. 3 10 [ D I G I T 57D timeline Bell Labs f o u n d t h e y needed an o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m f o r t h e i r c o m p u t e r c e n t r e which at t h e t i m e was r u n n i n g various batch jobs. The BESYS o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m was c r e a t e d t o deal with these needs. Bell Labs was a d o p t i n g t h i r d g e n e r a t i o n c o m p u t e r equip ment, and decided t o join forces with General Electric and MIT t o c r e a t e Multics (Multiplexed I n f o r m a t i o n and C o m p u t i n g Service).

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