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[Fsfe-uk] Re: [discuss] Open source software News

From: Sander Vesik
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] Re: [discuss] Open source software News
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2003 14:59:28 +0100
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Paul wrote:

And of course, the Titanic of IBM's product initiatives ... OS/2.

OS/2 was not a Titanic. MS basically had just about every PC company
over a barrel with Windows. IBM could not convince anyone of the
benefits of OS/2 and it went the same way as GEM and other far superior
products. It didn't help with IBM execs not exactly supporting it.

This only applies to later days of OS/2, OS/2 Warp and thereabouts (when win95 was out). OS/2 had a comfortable lead time on windows. Most users mere don't seem to have wanted it, or found a use. Probably also a problem of marketing and application software.




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