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Per later lawsuits, we learned that Microsoft did this to try and kill of DR-DOS, and to all appearances (including from the Microsoft viewpoint) it worked.
Are you sure you want to run this possibly insecure thing?
Posted Oct 29, 2012 0:13 UTC (Mon) by JanC_ (guest, #34940)
It's true that they practically killed DR-DOS as a desktop OS to run underneath Windows 9x though. Not sure why, as it was in Digital Research/Novel's best interest to keep it as compatible with Windows as possible, and in any case, the DOS-based line of "Windows" was nearing EOL anyway (in favour of NT-kernel based OSs), so IMNSHO this wasn't a real treat to MS...
Posted Oct 29, 2012 9:09 UTC (Mon) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
Microsoft's fight against DR-DOS started from the beginning (when it undercut prices of CP/M-86 and in 1991-1992 (that's when beta versions of Windows 3.1 which refused to run under DR-DOS were released) DRI was quite alive and well. If course the final blow happened in 1995 (do you know that Windows 95 can be run under DR-DOS with a few patches?), but the "final NT solution" only happened in 2001 when XP was released.
Think about it: ten years! More then enough time for the DRI to push GEM as a "GUI of choice". Sure, this humble message was one tiny episode of said fight, but it was quite real fight, not a staged one.
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