I've seen and heard of people claiming
Bill Gates ripped off Steve Jobs / Apple

Just read an interesting article about how Bill Gates and Paul Allen stated writing computer language and creating software for computers with their mentor who was a guy named Henry Edward Roberts who just passed.

He's the guy that first sold kits containing all the hardware needed to build a personal computer and then started selling them assembled and ready to go. Bill Gates and Paul Allen got their start writing programs to run on this guy's computers and later started selling software to other computer makers as the personal computer inductry becane to grow

This ought to help clear things.

Article is at:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402/...puter_designer