Really Linux: 25 Years After DOS: Lessons Learned for Linux
May 11, 2005, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walter V. Koenning)
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"Microsoft Corporation is preparing a gallant pageant to
celebrate 25 years of what should at the very least be considered
remarkable marketing. But what can the Linux world learn from
Microsoft's past 25 years of unique experiences and domination? I
think we can uncover a lot simply going back to that first fateful
year when Microsoft released PC-DOS for IBM PCs.
"First, we must admit openly once and for all that the 'best
solution' is not always the 'most used solution.' There are few who
would be foolish enough to argue that back in 1981 PC-DOS was the
best solution. There were obviously a number of choices. PC-DOS was
the least robust, the most temperamental, and arguably not very
compatible with the IBM hardware and BIOS it was sold to work on.
Yet, somewhat like the odd but obvious dominance of the VHS over
BETA, this simple, cheap OS stole the show..."