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Former Compaq CEO now loves his Mac

Mel Martin
Mel Martin|October 22, 2011 7:00 PM

Forbes is reporting a fun story about former Compaq CEO Ben Rosen. Seems Steve Jobs and Rosen met in 1999, and Jobs tried to convince Rosen, then at Compaq, to license the Mac OS. It never happened, and Steve reportedly had second thoughts about it all anyway.

Fast forward to 2007. Rosen writes Jobs a letter that says in part:

"Well, after a 20-plus year interlude with that other OS (necessitated by my Compaq involvement), I thought you'd be pleased to know that for the last few years I've returned to my roots. I'm once again an avid Apple user and evangelist.

Imagine, Ben Rosen, former Compaq Chairman, now a Mac enthusiast!"

Then Jobs replied:

"Sorry for my delayed reply - I was on a much needed family vacation for the past three weeks.

Wow - this news makes my day! I'm glad to hear it. I hope you like what we've done with the Mac. I'm biased, of course, but I think its light years ahead of Windows."

You can read more Ben Rosen memories of Steve Jobs at his blog. Written, no doubt, on his trusty Mac.