RE: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: Billy Brown (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 17:21:08 MDT

Ian Field wrote:
> Phil Osborn spewed:
> | Funny, most of the professional developers I have known over the years
> | consider MS/DOS - Windows to be an unbelievable kludge.
> First of all, Windows on MS/DOS *was* a kludge, but that hasn't existed
> since 3.1.

I've always wondered why it is that UNIX professionals so often base their
opinion of MS products on information that is 5-8 years out of date. Is this
some sociological phenomenon, or is it just a reflection of the fact that in
the UNIX world an established product usually doesn't change much over that
kind of time span?

Probably 80% of the complaints I see today by UNIX folks about Windows are
things that Windows programmers were complaining about in the mid-90s - only
MS listened to the complaints, and fixed the problems. (This counts only
complaints that have substance, of course - "I don't like the way it works"
is inherently a matter of opinion, and therefore unanswerable).

Billy Brown

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