Silicon Graphics President and CEO Ed McCracken, MicroTimes,
The word "open" has been bandied about so much I don't know what you mean by it. Does it mean that the source code is in the public domain? We're not open. Does it mean that anyone can write software for it? Then we are open. Does it mean that it runs on more than one hardware platform by more than one vendor? Then the day we ship NeXT-STEP 486, we'll be open.
Steve Jobs, UniForum Monthly,
Object World '92 was a bitchy event from the start. Unfortunately, Jim Allchin is not the most charismatic senior executive that Microsoft could have fielded. Under attack from all the panelists and with a hostile audience, Allchin admitted that Microsoft would be slower in the innovation stakes than its competitors when it came to object technology. Later, he tried to get revenge by responding that if fairy tales were true Steve Jobs's nose would have grown. He had misjudged the audience, which, sitting rapt in Jobs's hands, greeted this comment with boos and hisses. The concluding score? Jobs and the Object Management Group 1, Microsoft 0. We await the rematch with interest.