The History of Development of Norton Commander May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle;-) Bigger doesn't imply better. Bigger often is a sign of obesity, of lost control, of overcomplexity, of cancerous cells Less is More: The Orthodox File Manager (OFM) Paradigm by Dr Nikolai Bezroukov::::::::::: The History of Development of Norton Commander 2011: 25th Anniversary of Norton Commander 1.0 Release!!! (NC line of OFMs) • • • • • (1989) • • • (1998) • • • Study the past, if you would divine the future. -- Confucius Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. -- Alvin Toffler Norton Commander for DOS is the original line of Orthodox file managers that exists in five major versions: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0. Only the last one has an additional sub-version (nc 5.5). All versions are still used (mostly by DOS enthusiasts) and are often posted on the abandonware sites.

What is interesting, despite clear superiority of later versions, there are still users of version 1.0 of NC. Winfast pvr 2000 xplorer. For example, Symantec site contains an FAQ article:. Also in October of 2005 I received the following email addressed to me as an editor of the OFM page at the Softpanorama website ( ): Norton Commander 1.0 Hi, I'm still using Norton Commander version 1.00 (1986) in Windows 98SE, even in Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP.

I prefer it's small size and fast, and I can write with it small batch programs. Bye Alvaro Alonso From: Bogota, Colombia (South America) It was probably one of the most popular file manager of the DOS era, which along with remains one of the few programs which managed to transcend their DOS roots and Norton Commander descendants (OFM managers) now exist on all popular OSes. The first version of NC (1.0) was designed and written by John Socha in 1984-1989.

We provide a short biographical notes about him. Starting from version 2 Norton Commander got a cult following, somewhat comparable with the success of 123, WordPerfect and MS Word, especially in former USSR and Eastern Europe, where blue screen of Norton Commander became the synonym of DOS. Many users from this region never suspected that this was not a native DOS interface. In Russian the words 'Norton' and 'Commander' became part of PC jargon and are widely used as synonyms for file manager.

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Norton Commander 5.5x. Norton Commander is a MS-DOS based file shell that was widely popular due to it's two column design. You could easily copy and move files between one folder or another, execute DOS commands and more. 5.5x adds support for long file names when run inside a Windows 9x DOS box. 5.51 is the last release for DOS.


Please refer to for more exploration of this phenomenon. Norton Commander was taught as a part of introductory computer classes in most of the former USSR region as well as Eastern European colleges and universities. That means that all graduates were more or less knowledgeable Norton Commander users and Norton Commander, in essence, served as standard interface for DOS.

I would like to stress it again that many people from this region never suspected that this was not the part of DOS but an additional utility. In DOS days it even affected hiring process: the mastery of Norton Commander was irrevocably linked with mastery of DOS in minds of many Eastern European IT hiring managers.

The initial version of Norton Commander was called VDOS (Visual DOS) and was written in a blend of C and assembler. As John Socha recollected the events (personal communication): I started work on what became known as the Norton Commander in the fall of 1984 while I was still a graduate student in Applied Physics at Cornell University. The first versions were entirely in assembly language, but that was too time-consuming, so I soon switched to a blend of C and assembly language at a time when most 'real programmers' wouldn't touch C. At the time I called it Visual DOS, with the abbreviation of VDOS instead of the usual two-letter abbreviations used at the time. The program itself was inspired by several things coming together. I had a contract to write some books for Microsoft Press and actually spent some time in Bellevue, WA working on site.

I'd take two months off from graduate school and write a book. The second book was to be a book of small utility programs like I used to write for Softalk Magazine (such as whereis, scrnsave, etc.), but I never finished writing the book because one small utility took on a life of it's own.

Seagull bartender 10 0 keygengurus. John Socha received both MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University. After graduation from the university John became the first director of research and development for now defunct Peter Norton Computing. He was the second programmer in the company, hired shortly after Brad Kingsbury.