About the Wang '669 patent

From: Doug Yowza <yowza_at_yowza.com>
Date: Fri Apr 24 21:50:23 1998

On Fri, 24 Apr 1998, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> If you haven't seen the news yet, I found out thanks to http://slashdot.org
> , Microsoft is pulling one of their dirtiest stunts ever in their attempt
> to destroy Netscape. If anyone doesn't think Microsoft is evil this should
> convince them, unless they are niave enough to think Microsoft isn't behind
> this!

What makes you think the Evil Empire is behind this? Did Microsoft buy
Wang recently? If not, they'll get hit with the same suit.

> The problem is, Wang is sueing them for something that almost EVERY piece
> of software available does! Netscape needs examples of software that do
> the things in the patent prior to March 30th, 1983.

It sounds like the Wang patent basically covers rendering formatted
information on a terminal that was acquired via a remote connection. So,
what was the closest thing to a Web browser before 1993? GRiD fan that I
am, I vote for the 1982 GRiD/OS and remote GRiDCentral. GRiD/OS had a
form and menu based OS interface and actions were based on the file type
and extension. GRiDCentral (and the LAN-based GRiDServer) basically
distributed this menu-based filesystem over a remote connection.

-- Doug
Received on Fri Apr 24 1998 - 21:50:23 BST

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