"'My client,' said the defence lawyer, 'comes from a broken
home.' It's not a plea for clemency that judges hear very often now
that families fission like amoeba, but in OS/2's case it's still a
strong argument. Conceived by Microsoft and IBM in the days when
the two companies at least pretended to like each other, OS/2 soon
found itself up against its half-sibling Windows NT in a bitter
rivalry for attention.
"There is no need to rehash the dramatic twists in the tale,
except to note the tiresomely familiar sequence of commercial
collaboration, accusations of betrayal, cash settlements and
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