[rescue] NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP?

Andrew Jones andrew at jones.ec
Tue Aug 12 09:21:40 CDT 2014

On 08/12/2014 09:49 AM, Rich Kulawiec wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 09:03:04PM -0400, Carl R. Friend wrote:
>>     DEC -- you deserved so much better than what happened to you.
> There was a point in time when DEC could have and should have simply
> hired as much of the UCB [1] Unix team as possible, abandoned VMS entirely,
> and committed to owning the nascent Unix market.
> But in their arrogance and pride, they refused to admit that some "hippies
> from Berkeley" had crafted a vastly better OS for their hardware than
> they did.  Thus endeth the lesson.

The cloners were earning a pitiful fraction of DEC's profit margin, and 
DEC's core customer base actually *liked* VMS and RSX-11M and so on.

DEC's move towards UNIX never made sense. Any success for DEC UNIX 
cannibalized more profitable products.  Failures tarnished the brand. 
The company was never able to resolve the conflict of interest.

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