MicroPort http://www.speckdesign.com

Microport (1985?2002) created the first version of AT&T UNIX System V for the IBM 286 and 386 Personal Computers, as well as IBM’s PS/2 systems. Together, these IBM families formed the backbone of what is now known as the Intel x86 architecture. By taking a new (at the time) approach, they were able to dramatically reduce development costs, and consequently, the price charged for UNIX. At the Free Software Foundation (FSF)’s request, Microport donated a complete 386 development system to the Richard Stallman-led group. This was done for the explicit purpose of enabling the FSF to port its GNU C compiler (gcc) and associated utilities, onto the x86 architecture. GCC was, and still is, one of the largest free software projects available, permitting both the …

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