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]: License or die?
by nt_jerkface on Wed 20th Jan 2010 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: License or die?"
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So the fact that the company is doing better cannot be attributed to the lack of licensing options for third party companies, but rather due to an improvement in the quality of their software and hardware.

I'd add in marketing and image perception in there somewhere. They certainly improved their offerings from the days when their products were mostly bought by Mac club loyalists. XP stomped all over OS 9 and I'm still impressed by how they were able to recover. Everyone thought they would lose their #2 spot to Linux.

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