How compatible were "MS-DOS Compatible" machines?
Eric J Korpela
korpela at ssl.berkeley.edu
Wed Jan 30 16:22:42 CST 2008
On Jan 30, 2008 12:55 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
> MS-DOS was NEVER sold retail until 5.00.
> Any copies that you bought before that were either developer support,
> through a computer OEM, or gray market. (grey market outside of USA)
I think you meant to say "NEVER sold retail under the Microsoft brand
name". You could certainly find "branded" MS-DOS on store shelves
well before MS-DOS 5. I've got a copy of "Phoenix MS-DOS 3.31" in
retail packaging, complete with way to hang it from a pegboard hook.
I don't know if Phoenix (the BIOS makers) were violating an agreement
in packaging it this way, or if the store I bought it from was doing
something shady. No computer purchase was necessary to buy a copy.
Just grab it and bring it to the register. I think that counts as
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