• Subject: Re: Bill Gate$.
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 08:23:58 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

Actually, from what I remember, DOS 3.x and before was written
by Microsoft.  IBM got tired of paying Microsoft for DOS, so they
basically said they were going to upgrade it themselves to 4.0.  Which
they did, horribly.  4.0 was so horrible and full of bugs it was worthless,
I was anxiously awaiting 5.0 which Microsoft had again put out, and
it fixed all those bugs.

Now, I think we were using a true blue at the time, so would of been
using PC-DOS.

Regards,

Jim Langston

eric.delong@pmsi-services.com wrote:

>      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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> Subject: Re: Bill Gate$.
> 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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