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Re: IT and UNIX
I am consulting at a small company which uses NT. The appeal of NT
is very obvious. You have access to all the legacy windows3/95 applications,
plus MS has started copying REAL operating systems
features from unix (and VMS - so why doesnt DEC sue Microsoft as well?:)
The argument that unix is more flexible for workgroups and resource
sharing and administration of changing programs and avoiding piracy
concerns simply fail if the front office applications, like spreadsheets
don't work or are too expensive.
multiple user logins
network file system
Of course, all these features are alpha or beta quality but NT will, like
all MS products, be drastically improved by massive investment and installed
customer base feedback over time.
But the mystery is: Why didn't makers of other operating systems -
OS/2 Solaris, MacOS, IRIX, Ultrix, Linux - evolve to the pentium and
pentium pro box and provide the api to run windows apps within
their own environment?
Perhaps we should ask those companies CTO's...
It may be that they were too focused on using their software to sell
their own hardware that they didn't see the truck coming. So
corporate culture may be to blame, but everyone could plot
price/performance curves of microprocessors.
It could be that they knew by the time they made the investment in
cloning up the subroutines, like DR Dos and 4DOS did (for MSDOS), they
might get tied up "look and feel" and copyright infringement
lawsuits. And microsoft will use its power as an I.B.M. to upgrade the
OS just at the right moment to negate competitor's investments. Does
anyone remember how the advertising blitz for W95 seemed a response to
good reviews of of OS/2?
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