[Mono-list] Miguel de Icaza on Longhorn
Roberto J. Dohnert
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 00:35:06 -0400
>I do not think you understood what I wrote, because we pretty much
>agree on most things.
>My list of ways in which Microsoft won was not comprehensive.
The way I interpreted was that you were saying that Microsofts
anti-competitive strategies is what primarily put them ahead. If I
>Every once in a while I forget Microsoft anti-competitive practices, as
>times goes by, and with their new "face", its easy to forget.
>But it is always illustrative to read the actual depositions in the EU
>trial, or the US one:
Im well aware of the case and I followed it very closely.
>Microsoft can build some good products, but they also made sure of
>using every bit of power they had in their reach to make sure they
Microsoft does build good products, one of the examples that you used
was Internet Explorer for UNIX, IE for UNIX was a good product.
Microsoft didn't kill it because they wanted to promote everyone to
switch to Windows , they cut it because the space had been filled by
Netscape, everyone started bundling Netscape with their flavors of UNIX
, Its still available from certain sites on the web and I still use it
on my Solaris machines but thats beside the point, what business sense
does it make to continue to produce a product, waste that time and
energy when you will get minimal usage another example of this is the
Mac. Adobe didnt port its Photoshop Album or Premiere to Mac OS X
because Final Cut Pro and iPhoto are the tools on the Mac everyone uses
so the time and energy would be wasted. As for Microsoft abusing its
power to dominate, what company wouldnt? If Sun could have done it with
Solaris and Apple with Mac OS would we be as quick to crucify them if
the roles were reversed? As I stated on my post I have a lot of respect
for ya Miguel and of your achievements so dont take this as a
bickering, trying to start a fight thing on Windows vs Linux because it