Re: [NTLK] Steve J asked about the Newton...and answers!

From: Stainless Steel Rat (
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 11:54:19 EDT

* Sushi <> on Tue, 18 Jun 2002
| First time that I heard this.

| What is the source for your comment?

MS-DOS version 1.0. Grepping through the binaries shows the CP/M copyright

It went like this. In the late 1970s, Tim Patterson (Seattle Software
Works?) paid Digital Research for a source license to CP/M. He turned it
into "QDOS", his "quick and dirty operating system". It was CP/M ported to
16-bit processors like the 8086. Microsoft (aka Traf-O-Data) bought QDOS
from Patterson in 1981 and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS, without permission
from Digital Research.

All of which makes Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Microsoft's founders) the
most successful software pirates in history.

Rat <>    \ Warning: pregnant women, the elderly, and
Minion of Nathan - Nathan says Hi! \ children under 10 should avoid prolonged
PGP Key: at a key server near you!  \ exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
       That and five bucks will get you a small coffee at Starbucks.

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