Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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by Moulder on Fri 26th Aug 2011 17:58 UTC
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That Microsoft stole code from Apple is a very old story. You make is sound as though MS stole everything from Apple and that's how they won. Microsoft stole things from more than just the Apple/Mac machine, you forget that others like IBM were also victims. Gates wasn't a computer nerd as he was a business nerd. He knew how to put stuff together and market it to the largest segment of people he could.

It's all about the business model. It's like the Catholic church during the days of Martin Luther. They believed the Bible should only be in latin and read by and interpreted by the clergy. Martin Luther translated the Bible into a language everyone could read and it help spur inventions like the printing press. Now almost everyone can get a Bible in any form and language they want. Gates didn't invent the pc, just as Martin Luther didn't "invent" the Bible. He just took from someone else made it availble to a larger group of people.

Apple wanted to be able to have better control over their products just like now. They believe if you control hardware and software ends and only have your certified professionals do the work, the end product will be better. There is nothing wrong with that model, but like every model there are weaknesses. Not enough competition on the hardware front from vendors, not enough pressure to push inovation except from them. Would we have advanced as far in the tech industry without that "Robin Hood" effect that Gates proliferated?

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