Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Aug 2006 20:33 UTC, submitted by Saad
Legal When Mac sales dropped off in 1985, Bill Gates personally wrote John Sculley suggesting that he license the Macintosh design to companies like Apollo, DEC and Wang, and establish the software as the industry standard. Apple declined, and Microsoft published Windows. Sculley was enraged, and eventually filed suit. After five years, Apple lost, but not before severely damaging its relationship with Microsoft (which accounted for 2/3 of all Mac software sales).
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RE[2]: Fatal delusion
by rcsteiner on Mon 28th Aug 2006 18:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Fatal delusion"
rcsteiner
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The initial licensing scheme of DOS is what allowed to squash other players in the GUI arena that were competing with somewhat supperior offerings than Windows 1.x/2.x, like GeoWorks, and GEM. Those anticompetitive practices are what forced every other player out of the PC OS market.

The licensing scheme of DOS wasn't paricularly relevant, since both PC/GEOS and GEM ran on top of (and thus had a hard requirement for) DOS. I still run PC/GEOS (in the form of Breadbox Office) on MS-DOS, PC-DOS, and in OS/2 VDMs to this day.

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