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Orange Computer Inc. (Principia Moderni)

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Orange Computers History

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Orange is an OTL Parallel of Apple Inc.

Orange was founded by Steven Haymark (OTL Steve Jobs) in the early 1950s to take advantage of the burgeoning computer landscape, back then computers were very large and cumbersome, but Orange began on ways to limit size and streamline performance. The first computer release was the much controversial Mandarin I which was seen by Toshiba Computers as a bold faced copy infringement upon the hard disk that they used in their machines. The Mandarin I was pulled from the shelves after the Circuit Judge ruled that the hardware was too similar to Toshiba. That year Orange went back to the drawing board and released the Mandarin II, an improved, faster and more elegant version of its ill fated predecessor.

The Raging 60's and the Swinging 70's

In the 60s Orange began focusing heavily in the Space race. It was during this time period the Orange Line System was born (OTL Unix basically) It became standard on all mission controls for the Europa Space Agency. There were several new versions including Line II which increased the ease of use while decreasing clutter. In 1963, Orange released the Naval I computer, the first somewhat portable computer with a 16 bit processor.

Toward the later end of the 60's and into the early 70's, Orange created an explosion of new ideas. Orange purchased Maxwell, a young GPU company, released two (2) different versions of a GUI system, the first to ever release a graphical user interface with Orange OS X I. just a year later Orange released Orange OS X II Mercury, which improved on the user interface and allowed support for another Orange achievement, the x86 chip. The x86 chip was a huge jump in computing history, allowing faster processors, and more importantly, a smaller form factor. Naval II was released in as the first PC (personal computer) it was dubbed the first "PC" because it was the first to utilze a GUI, a GPU, and an x86 16 bit processor all in a small package(smaller than a toaster oven for example) Mercury was later released for Orange (TM) compatible hardware, mainly from Russia and Scandinavia.

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