[ubuntu-uk] Sir Alan Sugar: "it's too late" for Linux
james at mansionfamily.plus.com
Sun Jun 22 20:08:30 BST 2008
alan c wrote:
> can be made easily. The foss rising tide will mean this may not be
> with computing.
Should there be any such 'rising tide', and it become entirely clear
that there is no money to
be made in software R&D (only in supporting 'innovation ... elsewhere')
then where is
the investment money going to come from? Do you really want software to
by the hardware vendors again?
I can remember when we all had sparcstations on our desks, and there
were Open Systems.
Open Wallet Systems, we used to call them. I bought a licence for Sun
C++. It came with
a really crap GUI builder from Imperial and not much else. Shortly
afterwards, a new version
came out, but I wasn't entitled to it without paying the full support
wack. For slightly less
money, I got MSDN Universal, with updates all year, several development
office systems, operating systems, and a lot more documentation.
Microsoft earned their market share. They might have screwed me over on
Windows Libraries for OS/2 and all the rest, but you can't really blame
them for IBM's
failure to 'fess up that you didn't need a PS/2 and Compaq's failure to
market it *at all*.
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