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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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Not a single culprit
by Neolander on Fri 26th Aug 2011 06:43 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

This article seems to allege that if Microsoft hasn't existed (or if Windows took a bigger step away from the Mac/Xerox look&feel), competition to Apple wouldn't have existed.

I don't think so. Just look at the amount of GUIs that were developed in the 80s, after Xerox's tech became popular. There was demand for a cheap GUI computer. Apple failed to acknowledge it soon enough. So someone else did it.

Microsoft has won, but it would have been someone else otherwise. And that's fine, one company cannot do everything, otherwise we're back in the USSR.

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RE: Not a single culprit
by unclefester on Fri 26th Aug 2011 07:38 in reply to "Not a single culprit"
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2007-01-13

Yep. Even the C64 had a an aftermarket GUI.

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RE: Not a single culprit
by JAlexoid on Sun 28th Aug 2011 21:10 in reply to "Not a single culprit"
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2009-05-19

Microsoft has won, but it would have been someone else otherwise.

And they would have had the same 6 years to develop a GUI on top of DOS in any case... Windows didn't come into play until 3.1 and 3.11.


And that's fine, one company cannot do everything, otherwise we're back in the USSR.


FYI: There was a lot of cut-throat competition in USSR. It's just that everything was sate owned in the end. (See competition between Sukhoi, MIG, Tupolev, Ilyushin and Antonov auronautical design bureaus)

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