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Fwd: Re: Analogies (Was Re: Benchmarks and Notches)
Meant this reply to go to list. Most lists I'm on work that way.
>Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 16:32:42 +0100
>Subject: Re: Analogies (Was Re: Benchmarks and Notches)
>> 3) the added investment of time and sometimes cost of locating the ever
>> elusive drivers for your chosen OS because the hardware vendors don't
>> want to even discuss a nonMS driver (and that is NOT simply because they
>> don't believe it would make money for them directly, but also because
>> they are certain it will lose money for them indirectly - MS "tax")
>>This is a constant problem for myself and my fellow Linux users, though not
>>as bad as it used to be.
>To your knowledge, has anyone in the Linux community investigated
>emulating the Windows driver interface, so they could use the Windows
>drivers? It would be hard to get the performance as good, but all the
>devices would automatically have support. I realize this is non-trivial
>technically, but it would be a big help.
>>As far as vendors losing money, I had a vendor representative tell me
>>point-blank one day that they weren't developing drivers for Linux because
>>MS told them that if they did, they would stop receiving early betas of MS
>>software, which were essential for them to remain on par with their
>>At the company where I have my "day job", they are heavily committed to
>>Windows NT. The word has gone out to developers (unofficially, so that
>>deniability remains intact) not to do anything to jeopardize the cozy
>>relationship with Microsoft, since the loss of the early betas would be
>>Another vendor told me once that they did something that was in their own
>>best interest, but that upset MS. The next time a beta of WinNT came out,
>>they didn't get it. No official word, no change in the agreement, nothing.
>>When they called MS to ask about it, they were told it was a screwup in the
>>shipping. However, the beta still didn't come. Eventually, they figured it
>>out, stopped pissing MS off, and called and told them what they had done.
>>The beta arrived two days later via overnight express.
>Perhaps we need to start gathering documentation on all of this, as it can
>all support the DOJ suit (perhaps) or other anti-monopoly suits (surely).