North Star Computers (Kentucky Fried Computers)

North Star Computers (Kentucky Fried Computers)
Founding Date Oct 1977 (40 years ago)
Number of Employees 100

North Star Computers was originally named Kentucky Fried Computer and changed their name prior to the release of their Horizon product, an eight-bit business computer that was shipped with the then industry-standard CP/M operating system or North Star's proprietary operating system, NDOS.

While initially successful, North Star's sales suffered from the company's short-sighted adherence to hard sector floppy drives which made software difficult to port onto North Star machines. It was no longer a significant factor in the industry by the time less-expensive CP/M computers with built-in displays (and soft-sectored drives), such as the Osborne and the Kaypro, were released.