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Re: Supply and Demand

  In reply to Robert Mark Waugh's message sent 11/25/97 2:33 PM:
  >There was primarily one actual competitor with Netscape, it being Sprynet.
  >Netscape did not so much drive Sprynet out as much as Sprynet drove itself
  >Now, if you're referring to Mosaic, Mosaic was a project that was primarily
  >developed by the development team that made the first two versions of
  >Netscape's client.  Basically, NCSA wasn't interested in evolving the
  >technology, so Netscape was founded.
  >If you're referring to lynx or w3, they were doomed from the get-go. There
  >were several other browsers that crept up after Netscape's initial success
  >such as NetManage's browser, etc.  However, most of these other browsers were
  >woefully non-functional in comparison.
  A spirited defense. Again, to take the devil's advocate position: 
  substitute the names of any one of a number of former competitors, and I 
  think you've got Microsoft's basic argument revisited (poorly functional 
  products by comparison, drove itself out of business, etc.).
     Mitch Stone
     The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining
     armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos 
     neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling 
     second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place. 
                                  --- Douglas Adams, on Windows 95
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