>> There is no logical connection between market share and quality.
>> As a possible counterexample, Ferrari has a very small percentage of
>> the automobile market, but that (by itself) is not a fair indicator
>> of the quality or performance of that company's product line.
>Apples to oranges. If GEOS was of value to home users it would sell.
GEOS doesn't sell for two reasons (one huge, and one lesser):
(1) The DOJ antitrust case and government "victory" notwithstanding, the
PC desktop OS market is still a near-absolute monopoly controlled by
a single entity, namely Microsoft. Windows rules the desktop.
The only desktop platform making inroads AT ALL against Microsoft's
heavily entrenched (and government-blessed) position is Linux, an
operating system developed completely outside the marketplace (and
hence completely immune from the financial dependencies that any
commercial software developer tends to be limited by).
No other commercially-developed alternatives are selling any better
than GEOS is in today's marketplace, at least in terms of effective
(2) GEOS has no exposure. It isn't even well known even when compared
to other alternatives like BeOS, OS/2, or Linux, and most computer
users aren't aware of the first two either.
The lack of success universally enjoyed by other vendors indicates,
to me, that GEOS would fail due to #1 even if #2 were not true.
Quote:>You can dance around all you want. Again, the proof is there. PC/GEOS
>since its' inception has done squat in the market.
I'm talking about functionality, you're talking about market share.
Apples and oranges.
Quote:>If you don't wish to accept the FACTS just say so.
I'm not questioning your general assessment of GEOS's share of the PC
desktop market (almost nonexistent), but I believe that small share is
the result of recent (past decade) history, not the result of any sort
of technical failing on the part of GEOS.
Babble all you want -- Microsoft still controls the desktop, and still
continues to thwart all comers.
-Rich Steiner >>>---> http://www.visi.com/~rsteiner >>>---> Eden Prairie, MN
OS/2 + BeOS + Linux + Win95 + DOS + PC/GEOS = PC Hobbyist Heaven! :-)
Now running in text mode on a PPro/200. Eat my dust, GUI freaks!
The Theorem Theorem: If If, Then Then.