Gary became bitter over this raw deal but he did enjoy major success when Novell acquired DRI for millions of dollars. Still, things could have been radically different if his OS became the default OS instead of Microsoft’s.
Gary also became the co-host of one of the first computer TV shows in 1983 with The Computer Chronicles with Stewart Cheifet for about six years. He always enjoyed coming up with innovative new technologies such as the CD ROM and multi-tasking OS, among many other ideas.
He died at the age of 52 after a fall in a bar. The details are not known what happened but no matter what the circumstances, a brilliant visionary died too young. His contributions to the personal computer industry should never be forgotten.
Here’s an excellent special on Gary Kildall as hosted by his former Computer Chronicles partner, Stewart Cheifet.