Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

Friday March 12th, 1999

The DoJ has given a thumbs-up to the AOL/Netscape/Sun acquisition/merger/strategic alliance. You can read about it at and at Infoworld.

#27 Re:Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

by rgelb <>

Monday March 15th, 1999 6:43 PM

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I think some of you guys are on crack. Statements like "Amiga will blow Windows away". Wake up and smell the rehab. It ain't gonna happen. How will an OS with absolutely no applications blow Windows away (and please don't count Commodore64 PacMan as an app). BeOS is a great OS, yet I don't see many people going out and buying it. Another statement: "...if you honestly think Windows is going to keep its dominance in the industry for much beyond this year you are sorely wrong...". Oh, really!? And what do you think is going to take its place? If you are thinking Linux, you are dead wrong - even with KDE & Gnome GUIs. Right now over 90% of the consumer market is Win98 with the rest being Macs. A product can't just come out of nowhere and totally take over. Let's also examine the oft-repeated fallacy that large companies are investing in Linux (IBM, Sun, HP, etc...). Exactly what is it that they invested. Some of them announced that they'll ship Linux if a user requests it. Who are they kidding? Some of the other companies made a sacrificial offering and "ported" (e.g. recompiled a Unix product to Linux) one or two of their products to Linux. That is not commitment to me - it is jumping on the bandwagon, so you got a seat in case the things heat up. Real commitment to me is seeing a linux PC at the local electronics store.

Regarding NS 4.x being stable - it is about as unstable as IE4.x.

Lastly, all these people telling us that in 4-5 yrs PC will go the way of the dinosaur and be replaced by the palm pilots, CE and toasters that email me when the LEGOs are done. In other words, devices that specialize in one thing and one thing only. Every 7-8 months a new fad comes out and everyone jumps on the bandwagon and it even has a semi-celebrity pushing it. Remember, network computers (Ellison)? How about push technology? The result: several companies went belly up. Such is the state of this fad. Here is an idea - device that does word processing. Oh, wait, it already exists: it is called a typewriter.

Think past the hype.