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Some of us can recall the difficulty to get the proper driver for the proper application to work on proper printers. Your VisCalc or Lotus 123 would not print without them. And if you not using a monochrome monitor you must remember to load the CGA, EGA, VGA drivers.

For all I know, Bill Gate did at least one thing correct. He unified the graphic device interfaces "GDI." Without it, we would have to chase down all those device drivers. Believe me, it is not pretty.


At 07:37 PM 5/10/00 -0400, you wrote:

If you owned the operating system, and controlled what operating system was
installed in *every* Intel based computer manufactured, and controlled what
other software the computer manufacturer could bundle with the computer and
installed your spreadsheet (assuming that it was something that was desired
by 90 percent of the people buying a computer) for free, then I would say
that you would soon have control of that spreadsheet market and have everyone
else that had a similar spreadsheet for sale screaming to the blue heavens.

Gillette Safety Razor Company "gave away" (charged only a nominal price) for
their razor, but made a helluva profit on the blades which were necessary for
the razor to work.

Micro$oft "gave away" (charged only a nominal price) to computer
manufacturers for their operating system to be preinstalled and controlled
what software could be preinstalled on the computer.

>From the gitgo, M$ purchased existing systems, starting with Seattle
Software's DOS (Dirty Operating System) which, itself, copied CP/M.

Any software that threatened M$'s dominance in an area was either bought by
M$, such as FoxPro, and put out to pasture, or disparaged, such as Timeline,
or a "free" version by M$ preinstalled on computers with M$ operating systems.

That is monopolizing!

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Dennis Wish wrote:

>>If you use that argument, than I should never have donated the lateral
design spreadsheet to the community because it would hurt Keymark and
Woodwork's market - which I doubt it made a dent in.<<