"The only ideas Bill Gates came up with were to purchase or rip off other
peoples great ideas. "

I agree!  There were some great shareware utilities "VTREE", "DDIR", etc...
that were part of the next dos release.  Weather the authors, coders, got
anything or got ripped off; I am not sure.  PBS had a couple of shows that
told stories on Mr. Gates.

-----Original Message-----
From: eric.delong@pmsi-services.com <eric.delong@pmsi-services.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Friday, November 12, 1999 9:29 AM
Subject: Re[2]: Bill Gate$.


>
>     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).
>
>
>______________________________ Reply Separator
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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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