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10-23-2011, 07:59 PM #1
Jobs Reached out to Compaq to License Mac OS
File this under revelations not leaked from Walter Isaacson's upcoming Steve Jobs biography.
According to Ben Rosen, former chief executive office of Compag, Jobs expressed interest in licensing the Mac operating system to Compaq in 1999, which was after Jobs terminated the Mac clone contracts in 1997.
Jobs called Rosen and suggested the two meet to talk about an "important matter." Rosen goes into great detail about the meeting in a blog post he authored and published today.
After we finished with the amenities and reminiscences, we got to the purpose of the meeting. Steve wanted Compaq to offer the Apple operating system on its PC line, adding to the Microsoft OS that had always been our sole OS. At the time, Compaq was the world's largest manufacturer of PCs. Our adopting the Apple OS would be seen as a feather in Apple's cap (and a pretty visible slap at Microsoft).
The catching up with Steve was fun, the food was great, but the OS idea never gained traction. Upon further analysis, it didn't make sense for either Compaq or Apple. Compaq wasn't about to declare war on Microsoft, our partner from our birth in 1982, and Steve had second thoughts about licensing their crown jewels. — Rosen
However, the email exchange between Rosen and Jobs in 2007 seems to fully realize the impact and influence of Jobs' return to Apple.
This was Jobs response about 6 weeks later.
It's hard to imagine Apple taking a different path than the one they're currently on, or rather a path where they're more successful. Still, one has to wonder what an Apple licensed Compaq PC would look like.
Source: Through Rosen-Colored Glass
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 10-23-2011 at 08:13 PM.
10-23-2011, 08:43 PM #2
woulda been kool, cuz then id finally buy a mac os comuter. atm the macs r way overpriced, im not rich wtf...
10-23-2011, 08:53 PM #3
They are affordable for what you get and payments are available so stop with the crap and just admit you don't own one because you are a Microcrap fan.
Last edited by Cer0; 10-25-2011 at 06:12 PM.
10-23-2011, 09:03 PM #4
I'm happy that Apple took the path it did. I appreciate both Mac and Windows for what they are and I even have love for Android at least the Nexus line of phones, but (in my experience) manufacturers tend to take something good and screw it up (example Android fragmentation). When I got my first iPhone and then Mac it was refreshing to say the least with both I've had the most seamless experience ever.
10-23-2011, 09:27 PM #5
I see you mentioned the fact that they offer monthly payments. Apple does in fact offer monthly payments, I'm not denying that. What I am denying is that even with the payment plan - it is still too expensive. When you make as much as my family and I do (as well as the majority of the working class,) you'll see that there are other things higher on the priority list than a Mac. So although we WANT a Mac, we unfortunately cant HAVE a Mac; that is unless we skip out on groceries, mortgages, electricity bills, or cell phone bills.
Please excuse me for asking, and you need not reply if you prefer not to, but how much money do you make? I can tell you with no shame that I make $9.50 per hour, and do not receive tips or commission (nor do I have health insurance.) Even though I am VERY frugal and handle my money well, I can't get by on this wage by myself, especially since I'm attending college. I do admit, I'm very curious as to what your response will be.
10-23-2011, 09:46 PM #6
10-23-2011, 10:07 PM #7
You seem to be the fanboy in using those overly used Microsoft disses. I swear some people take the Internet a little too seriously lol. You're the one that come off childish and stupid, you should probably go back to killing zombies in Black Ops.
10-24-2011, 03:13 AM #8
Still think Apple is a good value for the price you pay? Although I will give you the fact that Apple does have great customer service and cellphones. Apple is not for the rich but it helps to be better monied. However it is for those who are willing to buy quality instead of horsepower. Also you Apple fan freak you will notice I did not say crapple once. Apple computers have their uses. and remember that Micocrap as you put it still rules in the realm of making almost all of your home entertainment even Dsiney used PC to create The Frog Princes. Windows users are also able to choose from a wider selection of games and software. So the next time you want to insult a person for preferring Win to Mac look into what you actually get weigh the pros and cons of both sides then make your insults. Also you Apple fan freak you will notice I did not say crapple once.
Last edited by Cer0; 10-25-2011 at 06:14 PM. Reason: insults removed
10-24-2011, 03:11 PM #9
10-24-2011, 05:55 PM #10
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I like how Steve accepts that he is biased, unlike most other people.
10-27-2011, 12:44 PM #11