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Re: A thought experiment
For me Microsoft has gone too far when they have over 50% of the market.
They have DEFINITELY gone too far at 90 to 95% of the OS market. This is
"too far" for me because it gives them a *significant* competitive
advantage in the applications market. If their OS & products were superior
it might be OK, but that has not been my experience. I have used several
versions of UNIX on specialized hardware & Intel clones, Macintosh
computers, OS/2 on clones, and Microsoft products on clones. I've gotten
the feeling that Microsoft products are like "amateur hour", especially
after my UNIX experience. I had one computer with 16MB of RAM, 66MHz 486,
& 500MB disk run UNIX for 3 years without crashing and do $40 million worth
of business supporting 4 people. The same hardware is considered a bare
minimum for effective Win95 for one user nowadays. In the Wintel world
GPFs, Resource problems, and occasional crashes are accepted as normal.
COMPUTERS DO NOT HAVE TO CRASH OR FREEZE!!!!! By restricting
competition we all loose when it comes to advanced reliable Operating
Systems & Applications, because there is less outside innovation (Where do
you want us to take you today?).