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In August 1955, the RAND Corporation sponsored a meeting of seventeen organizations, all of whom had ordered the IBM 704 mainframe computer. "SHARE," as it was named, became the first computer user group, and tasked itself with sharing information and programs among users of the 704. The group also sought to influence IBM's hardware and software development and support.(1)

Founded in 1955, the SHARE volunteer user group for IBM mainframe computers provided a forum for the exchange of technical information about programming languages, operating systems, database systems, and other elements of small, medium, and large-scale IBM computers. SHARE provides resources to enterprise users, which, historically, included the SHARE library, which provided a collection and exchange system for additions and modifications for IBM mainframe operating systems. This library, and the process of distributed development it fostered, was one of the major origins of open source software. SHARE was later incorporated as a non-profit corporation, and today has a membership of 20,000.(2)(3)


1 : Emerson W. Pugh, Building IBM: Shaping an Industry and Its Technology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995, 187-188.

2 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHARE_(computing).

3 : http://www.share.org/p/cm/ld/fid=4

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