Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:13:39 +0000

Check out "High Stakes, No Prisoners"
by Charles Ferguson.  Ferguson is a
well-known Microsoft basher in public
policy circles but he credits them with 
commoditizing the PC hardware market.

> Bernard Lang <> wrote in part:
> > I believe not ... because the hardware strategy was open, while the
> > software one was closed.  Which was a succesful combination because
> > harware was the higher cost where competition was most needed.
> > 
> In this thread people keep asserting the PC was open, but as
> I recall it, the IBM PC architecture was NOT open originally,
> and there were lots of growing pains before there was a market
> for alternate suppliers.  Am I wrong?
> Even the IBM PC technical repair manuals had the notices of
> proprietary information and warnings against misuse.
> Thank goodness IBM didn't invent the PC, or the world
> would have been patented out of creating a commodity.