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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LOL Gasse..
by tylerdurden on Wed 20th Jan 2010 08:33 UTC
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2009-03-17

I assume that Mr. Gasse also included a quick comparison of the current market cap of Be Inc vs. Apple Inc.

Did he also talk about the great success that his licensing of BeOS has been by any chance?

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RE: LOL Gasse..
by dragossh on Wed 20th Jan 2010 11:05 in reply to "LOL Gasse.."
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2008-12-16

I assume that Mr. Gasse also included a quick comparison of the current market cap of Be Inc vs. Apple Inc.

Did he also talk about the great success that his licensing of BeOS has been by any chance?


It was almost there. Of course, Microsoft shit their pants and started threatening OEMs. Users "needing" Windows at the time, and OEMs not wanting to lose customers, they did as they were told. *rant* Then the dreaded BeIA came, and Palm had to buy Be and lock BeOS in a drawer somewhere. *end rant*

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RE[2]: LOL Gasse..
by smashIt on Wed 20th Jan 2010 14:20 in reply to "RE: LOL Gasse.."
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2005-07-06

It was almost there. Of course, Microsoft shit their pants and started threatening OEMs


lets get this straight:
be entered the x86 market with R3.0 that did run on as good as no hardware
with R4 they broadned their possible audience
with R4.5 they started to gain momentum amoung geeks
and with an underdelivering R5 they killed off all their revenue, switched to BeAI and later complained that they ran out of money (and don't get me started on the crappy distribution here in austria and germany)

be killed themselves, they didn't need ms for it

Edited 2010-01-20 14:20 UTC

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RE[2]: LOL Gasse..
by rockwell on Wed 20th Jan 2010 15:24 in reply to "RE: LOL Gasse.."
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2005-09-13

//It was almost there. //

"Almost" counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades. Period.

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RE: LOL Gasse..
by Soulbender on Wed 20th Jan 2010 12:54 in reply to "LOL Gasse.."
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2005-08-18

Oh come on, don't you know? It was Microsoft's fault. All of it. Not at all bad management decisions. No Sireeee, not at Be Inc.

Edited 2010-01-20 12:54 UTC

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RE[2]: LOL Gasse..
by dragossh on Wed 20th Jan 2010 21:21 in reply to "RE: LOL Gasse.."
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2008-12-16

I didn't say it was all Microsoft's fault. I mentioned their switch to BeIA right when big media software was about to be ported to BeOS, and there is a mention above about JLG asking for a lot of money to give BeOS to Apple.

Edited 2010-01-20 21:23 UTC

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RE: LOL Gasse..
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 21st Jan 2010 18:30 in reply to "LOL Gasse.."
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2005-07-06

I assume that Mr. Gasse also included a quick comparison of the current market cap of Be Inc vs. Apple Inc.

Did he also talk about the great success that his licensing of BeOS has been by any chance?


Eh, I'm guessing that you didn't RTFA - or even Thom's summary of it. JLG wasn't arguing FOR the notion that Apple needs to license its software - he was arguing AGAINST it.

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