"Computer Connections" - In His Own Words: Gary
In Memory of Dr. Gary A.
All of the products above
would not have been possible without the valiant and brilliant work of the
founder of Digital Research, the late
Dr. Gary A. Kildall. On July 11,
1994, Gary Kildall passed away following a blow to his head at the Franklin
Street Bar & Grill in Monterey, California on July 8, 1994. At the time
of his death, Gary was 52. He was born in 1942, a few years before the
first electronic computer even existed, and his software made possible PC
computing as we know it at the turn of the 20th century. He is survived
by a son, Scott, and a daughter, Kristin. His former wife, Dorothy McEwen
(Kildall), with whom Gary co-founded Digital Research, Inc. in 1974, passed
away on January 31, 2005.
Gary created the first Operating System for the microprocessor,
CP/M. The most advanced current version
of CP/M in 1999 is IMS Ltd.
REAL/32. CP/M also serves as the
basis of all modern DOS versions including the outstanding Caldera DR DOS
and other derivitaves including PC-DOS from IBM, and MS-DOS from Microsoft,
whose position in the computer industry is based on its unauthorized 1981
"cloning"of Dr. Gary Kildall's Digital Research CP/M, which gave birth to
the IBM PC standard upon which
MS-DOS, Windows CE, Windows 95, Windows
98, and Windows 00 (now 2000, formerly NT) are based today.
On July 23, 1996, Caldera Inc. acquired the entire assets of Digital
Research Inc. from Novell Inc. and on July 24, 1996 filed an
Antitrust Lawsuit against Microsoft
The Final Version of this suit was ultimately
settled in Caldera's favor in January 2000
prior to going to trial in Utah. Hopefully, some justice will finally be
achieved. Gary never wanted to file suit against Microsoft because
he always believed that in the end excellence in programming would win in
the marketplace. We continue Gary's belief, and now must come a public
awareness of the truth and a desire for justice must awaken to make the vision
of an open and exciting software industry where many companies can flourish
equally a reality.
All of us who knew and loved Gary are dedicated to continuing his work, his
dreams, and his collegial sharing and caring about people, while working
to open new frontiers in software research and development for the benefit
of all. Gary forever changed computing by laying the foundation for
popular PC operating systems, but most importantly, Gary was the greatest
teacher any of us who knew him and his work could ever have had.