• Subject: Re: Bill Gate$.
  • From: Chuck Lewis <clewis@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 11:54:22 +0000

You are right Eric, that is where the split happened. I remember CLEARLY - DOS 
4.0
being a NIGHTMARE and 4.1 being MUCH more stable. Depending on whether a PC had
MS-DOS or PC-DOS you could use the FULL SCREEN editor or get stuck with EDLIN...

And as far as "where the ORIGINAL DOS came from, it is a CP/M "port" !

Chuck

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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