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: LOL Gasse..
by dragossh on Wed 20th Jan 2010 11:05 UTC in reply to "LOL Gasse.."
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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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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[3]: LOL Gasse..
by tylerdurden on Wed 20th Jan 2010 18:24 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL Gasse.."
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I doubt that MS even knew what BeOS was, I am fascinated by the level of detachment with reality by some of the BeOS fans. It was an OS with no OEM support, no user base to speak of, and almost no apps (never mind any resemblance of an actual killer app)... it even had an awful TCP stack right when the internet was taking off and they were trying to position the OS as a web appliance. LOL

Apparently, some people seem to think that an OS's only function and merit is "booting fast." Sure BeOS didn't do much, but it sure did boot fast! I mean, Microsoft must have been quaking in their pants! LOL

Gassee's tenure at apple was lackluster at best. With Be he just managed to burn through capital, and the only chance for the OS to get any traction came when Apple approached them to license their technology. But this guy could not even manage that, instead he demanded a ridiculous amount, only to be laughed at and having to sell the company later on for a tiny fraction of what Apple would have been willing to pay initially.

I think Mr. Gassee if anything is simply projecting his own track record here. If anyone should not be giving advice, esp. regarding licensing issues, it is Mr. Gassee himself. The only advice that can be taken from Mr. Gassee's opinion is that whatever it is that he is proposing, one should do exactly the opposite (given his track record).

Either that, or this article was an attempt at humor. French humor is weird like that, so who knows...

Edited 2010-01-20 18:25 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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//It was almost there. //

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

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