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Formally, the Council-wide common base programme finished on 1 April 1985 when the programme was returned to the Engineering Board from the Central Computing Committee. Its starting point in terms of a Single User System initiative has its origins in the Rosenbrock Report (1975) and the Distributed Computing Systems programme but the main thrust for a Single User System programme dates from May 1979.
The main phases of the activities are:
- May 1979 - Sept 1981: activities leading to the signing of an agreement between ICL and SERC.
- Sept 1981 - Sept 1983: joint software developments between SERC and ICL leading to UNIX and other Common Base software becoming available on PERQ.
- Sept 1983 - April 1985: establishment of a community of users running Common Base hardware/software.
Much of the early history and developments/marketing information in the second phase was still Commercially Confidential when this information was gathered together in 1985.
Figure 1.1 gives an overview of the information covered in Parts I to III. Figure 1.2 gives the Chapter structure for Part I. These Chapters are in chronological order and give a general background to the Common Base Policy.