Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[4]: I don't get
by Gone fishing on Mon 26th Oct 2009 04:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I don't get"
Gone fishing
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2006-02-22

Agreed but thinking of the number of hardware + software platforms there were BBCs, Acorns Be+BeBox etc linking your hardware to your software seems risky.

MS has shown that selling an OS can make you a rich and powerful company and certainly the profits aren't scraps.

Now Apple sells a a very good OS but artificially linked to it's own hardware which is basically the same as every one elses. This looks risky to me especially when it had the opportunity to be the major OS vendor.

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RE[5]: I don't get
by wirespot on Mon 26th Oct 2009 09:07 in reply to "RE[4]: I don't get"
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2006-06-21

MS has shown that selling an OS can make you a rich and powerful company and certainly the profits aren't scraps.


What Microsoft did was a once-in-history trick which will not be repeated soon. They entered the market at just the right time, took advantage of a particular set of circumstances in the history of personal computing, eliminated competition and maintained their position with a series of ruthless, underhanded and sometimes downright illegal moves. They've managed to build a monopoly which has survived for almost 2 decades but which is now a dinosaur and cannot survive as it is. They're facing fierce competition on every front (browsers, operating systems, game consoles, handhelds, office suites, search engines, server applications etc.), not to mention that everybody has gotten wiser to their schemes and has seen the benefits of FOSS.

Microsoft's trick will not be copied. Building marketshare slow and steady the way Apple is doing is a much better and safer way of going about it.

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