Counting since 9.11.2005
Copyright © 1996-2007 by Prof. Timo Salmi
Last modified Fri 2-Mar-2007 18:54:17
Garbo program archive was founded around 1990 as a joint effort of the Computer Centre and the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Vaasa, Finland. Garbo archives has a carefully specialized collection shareware, freeware and public domain programs concentrating above all on MS-DOS material. When Windows 3.1 (16-bit) became common a Windows section was added. Later, with the introduction of Windows95 a section for founded for it, too, albeit with some reservations. The reservations were because the by then dwindling personnel resources to maintain Garbo archives.
At the outset new programs for the Garbo archives were processed by a Garbo archivist. Then, until about the start of 1997 the new program submissions were handled by computer apprentices. Those arrangements no longer are. But back then one of the apprentices was very keen to build a Windows95 system. So we let him build the structure for Garbo archives. That's what got done, but as he soon after concluded his apprenticeship there no longer was anyone to handle new Windows95 material. Thus part of Garbo's Windows95 structure remains an empty shell.
On a separate, but related note. Since it already was in place, but with limited usage, Garbo's Windows95 sections extend to cover 95/98/NT/XP/.. (32-bit) material. For example /win95/dosshell/ "Dos shells and 32-bit 95/../XP/.. command line utilities" is such a section, albeit with very few files.
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