The Microsoft FUD history

A summarized history of Microsoft and How They Stole their way to #1 crushing everyone else who dared to play the game. What’s Missing? How Office was stolen from Apple’s spin off (claris) ‘claris works’ How Microsoft FUD-ed OpenGL and made DirectX King Kong.

They do very well in describing how MS muddled through the 80’s and the 90’s with technological partnerships and OS design promising roses, and selling manure. Just wish they had articles about how Microsoft also stole their other core businesses word processing and gaming from other superior competitors.

From just reading the Wikipedia entries on OpenGL/DirectX etc, it’s fairly clear to me that DirectX’s proprietary system is either an obfuscated version of OpenGL 1.4 (since in Vista, Microsoft can directly run up to rev 1.4 of open GL applications on DirectX with the native vista drivers) or they based their feature specs on OpenGL 1.4 and whatever else strong gaming companies could get Microsoft to promise support for in Direct3D/DirectX OpenGL Is superior, that’s why both Sony and Nintendo console systems rely on OpenGL, while only the Xbox and Windows centric gaming rely on DirectX/Direc3D…not to mention Jon Carmack tried to persuade Microsoft from using DirectX and just using OpenGL.

Claris works had everything on mac system 7 that the early office programs from Microsoft had, and probably a few mac centric features that office never got.not to mention that WordPerfect was a far superior product to word for a long, long time, even after office essentially killed it off.sigh, it is clear that the one thing Microsoft excels at is FUD, theft, and marketing. the one thing they’re the worst at, is actually designing and producing products.

Vista demonstrates just how bad Microsoft is, and I hope,  windows 7 will be the death knell of proprietary OS/utilities. Linux would get so much better, so much faster if a couple OEMs got behind making sure it had well coded Open drivers, and well coded Open software applications.

Although I do appreciate the effort of programmers world-wide who try to make Linux Better on their own time (or even those lucky few who are paid by some company to do open source code design and implementation…)can you imagine if a company selling 40 million computers a year, spent $10 per PC to hire Linux Free Open Source developers to “make Linux Work” Instead of paying “the Microsoft tax” could do for open source?there are only small issues and problems with desktop Linux right now, as it stands, problems that can’t be solved on a ‘free’ budget because access to hardware usually costs money and people with knowledge and experience tend to demand high paychecks.

I can dream… of course patents on software tend to be a problem for OSS as well, at least one that ‘keeps’ OEMs from pooling their Microsoft tax’ to make a Better OS For Less $. Apple showed how easy one OEM producer can use OSS to compete with Microsoft on the software side, without going bankrupt (of course they coded their own kernel etc, but there is a bit of OSS in apple)

Source : Kesuki’s Journal [Slightly edited, posted without permission]

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