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Title: A Long Way From Univac

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Date: August 30, 2005
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IBM had considered this an acceptable loss. One of the few components of the IBM PC that was kept from the clone manufacturers was the Basic Input Output System, or BIOS. This program, which was usually etched permanently on a chip, controlled the interactions between the internal hard and floppy drives, the external drives, printers, and monitors, etc...

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Clone manufactures had to make their own versions of an input output system. Some manufacturers copied the IBM BIOS exactly, such as Eagle Computers, and Corona Data Systems. This is one adverse affect that IBM had not thought of. However, all of IBM?s copyright violation lawsuits against these companies ended in IBM?s favor...

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