A bit OT - Urban Myths?
samdavidpikesley at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jul 7 08:39:28 BST 2003
--- Frank Shute <frank at esperance-linux.co.uk> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 06, 2003 at 11:21:31AM +0100, cb wrote:
> > Hello
> > I'm due to present a paper later this month at an
> international teachers
> > conference with the title "Open Source Software -
> A Bridge Across the
> > Digital Divide?" which will include some FreeBSD
> > In considering some of MS Windows shortcomings,
> there are a couple of
> > supposed pronouncements by Bill Gates from many
> years ago I would like to
> > reference, the gist of each being as follows:
> > 1. That there is no reason why any personal
> computer would ever need more
> > tha a megabyte of RAM; [maybe around 1985]
> There are arguments about whether that is a myth or
> not & I've heard
> it as "640K is enough for anybody"
> > 2. That the internet was a passing fad or a flash
> in the pan which would
> > never amount to anything. [maybe around 1993]
> He wrote a book called "The Road Ahead" which was
> published c. 1996/97;
> whilst I haven't read it, I understand that in it's
> original form it
> dealt with the Internet in a couple of paragraphs
> and more or less
> dismissed the Internet as something that wouldn't
> interest consumers
> and would be just for geeks.
> Windows 3.11 shipped without a tcp/ip stack and
> originally I don't
> think W95 shipped with a browser. His company was
> very much caught on
> the hop but they play quite a good game of catch-up.
> I think that without the impact of open source
> software, MS would
> still be shipping DOS-based consumer OSes but
> they've been forced to
> raise their game.
> > Can anybody confirm that he ever said or wrote
> anything similar to either of
> > the above, if possible with a reference -- or
> have I simply collected up a
> > couple of urban myths?
> Other myths that surround Bill Gates (and which
> truly are myths): He's
> a computer `prophet', his company is innovative,
> he's a brilliant
> coder/genius, Microsoft software is good quality. I
> think these are
> prevalent amongst the man in the street. Yet there
> is very little
> evidence supporting any of them but plenty not
> supporting them.
> You might want to mention some of the innovations
> that have come from
> the free/public domain/academic world: the Internet,
> http, email etc.
> ie. Tools that people use everyday.
> Isn't BSD's tcp/ip stack still considered to be the
> implementation? Perhaps that's mentioned in an RFC.
Mr Gates does, however, say some very wise things
"If people had understood how patents would be
granted when most of today's ideas were invented and
had taken out patents, the industry would be at a
complete standstill today."
> Good luck with the presentation!
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