gregarican wrote:

> The corporate-owned, single-vendor product angle is a debatable point.

Not when the vendor can kill it. Microsoft killed Visual Basic. Q.E.D.

> Couldn't you say that about --- hmm, lessee --- C being started at Bell
> Labs, Smalltalk being started at Xerox PARC, Java being started at Sun,
> etc.?

Now that Sun is about to give up control over Java, your list doesn't have
any casualties on it. They're all out in the open, and the originators
can't kill them any more.

It is not about origin, it is about control. Microsoft likes having control,
and (switching topics suddenly) they are about to start in on Linux.

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Paul Lutus
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