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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin--Ch. 23

Jan 10, 2006, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)

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"When Gene Amdahl coined the word 'FUD' (for fear, uncertainty and doubt) in the mid-1970s, his ire was aimed at Frank Cary, chairman of the Board at IBM, who was waging a no-holds-barred attack on Amdahl, Itel, Control Data, and the other small companies that were selling machines that competed with the IBM 360/168. According to Robert Sobel:

"The campaign began in a conventional fashion. IBM salesmen and executives visited clients who were thought to be considering plug-compatible machines, to warn them of problems that might arise should Amdahl or National Semicomputer leave the business. There was talk of reduced maintenance on IBM peripheral equipment hooked onto other mainframes, of software changes to eliminate or reduce compatibility, and of alterations in hardware that could make the Amdahls less compatible than advertised.

"Sound familiar...?"

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