Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jan 2010 23:31 UTC, submitted by jebb
Apple Now this is material that piques my interest more than anything: insights from one of the bigger names in the industry. Jean-Louis Gassee debunks the "Apple-must-license-its-software-or-die" myth by looking back upon the past - and if you don't know who JLG is, then please take that dunce hat and stand in the corner for three hours, contemplating your existence. Note: OSNews has a bug with using diacritic marks on the front page, so JLG's name is misspelled. It is correctly spelled in the article body.
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RE[4]: LOL Gasse..
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 20th Jan 2010 18:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: LOL Gasse.."
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I doubt that MS even knew what BeOS was, I am fascinated by the level of detachment with reality by some of the BeOS fans.

I guess you don't know your history. Be sued Microsoft for anticompetitive practices, and got a successful settlement out of it. Both Hitachi and Compaq were pressured (Compaq even by Bill Gates himself) NOT to sign deals with Be.

It was an OS with no OEM support

See above. Several Mac clone makers and companies like Compaq and Hitachi shipped or wanted to ship the BeOS. Linux only recently has gotten somewhat of the same level of support.

no user base to speak of, and almost no apps (never mind any resemblance of an actual killer app)...

How old are you? You never experienced the heydays of the BeOS, did you? BeBits used to be filled to the brim with applications

it even had an awful TCP stack right when the internet was taking off and they were trying to position the OS as a web appliance. LOL

The R5 stack was indeed a mess, but they had a new stack ready, which can be seen at work in dan0 and Zeta. It's miles better than the R5 one.

But I guess you have started many more successful businesses than JLG, and have a decade worth of executive experience at one of the biggest electronics/computer companies in the world.

Edited 2010-01-20 18:41 UTC

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