I don't think that's correct. I seem to recall that MS and IBM split 
     their product into MS-DOS and PC-DOS at the 4.0 version. Each was 
     built on the same base (DOS 3.3) but came with different bundled 
     accessories (ie. memory optimizer, defrag, disk compression, etc). 


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Author:  <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com> at INET_WACO
Date:    11/11/99 8:02 PM


From: Joe Chiasson <jd.chiasson@ns.sympatico.ca>
> >         The only ideas Bill Gates came up with were to purchase or rip 
off other
> > peoples great ideas. Gates didn't code DOS for IBM, he bought it for $50K 
> > outright then "leased" it IBM on a per machine basis. MS-DOS evolved by
> > buying or stealing other coders enhancements to the original product. As 
> > Microsoft evolved, most small development companies dreamed of having MS 
> > knock on the door to buy their firm. Other firms that wished to remain
> > independent ended up having their idea stolen anyway (ie: Stac 
compression).
>
> And Bills not even good at stealing it. I think it was DOS version 4.1 had 
to be
> recalled 'cause it was found by the courts to contain code exactly as 
written by
> another firm.
     
As I recall it DOS 4.x was not Bill's fault. Most of the changes from DOS 3.x 
were
supplied by IBM...
     
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