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Gcos Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
hEnglish - advanced version
/jee'kohs/ an operating system developed by general electric from 1962; originally called gecos (the general electric comprehensive operating system).
Gcos Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
U.F.O. Related Terminology and Acronyms
Global Climate Observing System
Oceanographic, Meteorologal & Climatologal abbreviations and acronyms
Global Climate Observing System [> WMO / IOC / UNEP / ICSU]
Gcos Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
9300+ Computer Acronyms
General Comprehensive Operating System
/jee'kohs/ n. A quick-and-dirty clone of System/360 DOS that emerged from GE around 1970; originally called GECOS (the General Electric Comprehensive Operating System). Later kluged to support primitive timesharing and transaction processing. After the buyout of GE's computer division by Honeywell, the name was changed to General Comprehensive Operating System (GCOS). Other OS groups at Honeywell began referring to it as `God's Chosen Operating System', allegedly in reaction to the GCOS crowd's uninformed and snotty attitude about the superiority of their product. All this might be of zero interest, except for two facts: (1) The GCOS people won the political war, and this led in the orphaning and eventual death of Honeywell Multics, and (2) GECOS/GCOS left one permanent mark on Unix. Some early Unix systems at Bell Labs used GCOS machines for print spooling and various other services; the field added to
/etc/passwdto carry GCOS ID information was called the `GECOS field' and survives today as the
pw_gecosmember used for the user's full name and other human-ID information. GCOS later played a major role in keeping Honeywell a dismal also-ran in the mainframe market, and was itself mostly ditched for Unix in the late 1980s when Honeywell began to retire its aging big iron designs.
Gcos Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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GCOS may refer to:
- Affymetrix GeneChip Operating Software
- Global Climate Observing System
- General Comprehensive Operating System, a family of operating systems oriented toward mainframes, originally called GECOS (General Electric Comprehensive Operating Supervisor)
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