ORIGINAL: Hard Sarge
Gunny, you got it wrong, IBM shut down all Apple support. basiclly, they told the stores and what not, if you want carry IBM fine, but you can't carry Apple, and IBM had such pull back then, that everybody dropped Apple (now a days, it wouldn't work with the Net)
(I had a II+, and a IIE, upgraded to a IIGS, much better computers then any of the PC's, and still kind of think they worked better then any of the newer stuff we got now) (I got a monster Alienware beast now, that is still nothing but headaches)
No I disagree on that , Apple IIGS was dumped in favor of the Macintosh. But why? The main reason is the same reason other new but backwards compatible machines didn't do well. You have a huge installed base of Apple II+ and IIe users. And you have a very small number of IIgs owners. Are you going to write software that takes advantage of the IIgs's extra features? Or are you going to keep compatibility with that huge installed base and sell many more copies? The competative monoply between macs and IBM took place later after the era of Apple II vs 8086 (I'm curious to know what problems you are having with your Alienware since I'm always upgrading)
Anyways, Like I said, the world was better place with Jobs, RIP.