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Graphics, User Interfaces InfoWorld's John Rizzo chronicles the 20 most significant ideas and features Microsoft and Apple have stolen from each other in the lead up to Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. 'Some features were stolen so long ago that they've become part of the computing landscape, and it's difficult to remember who invented what.' Windows 7's Task Bar and Aero Peek come to mind as clear appropriations of Mac OS X's Dock and Expose. Apple's cloning of the Windows address bar in 2007's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard as the path bar is another obvious 'inspiration.' But the borrowing goes deeper, Rizzo writes, providing a screenshot tour of Microsoft's biggest grabs from Mac OS X and Apple's most significant appropriations of Windows OS ideas and functionality.
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The original EMACS consisted of a set of Editor MACroS for the TECO editor. It was written in 1976 by Richard Stallman, initially together with Guy L. Steele, Jr..


You nicely missed the part of TECO and the "E-editor" in the Wikipedia.

Also:


The plan for the GNU operating system was publicly announced on September 27, 1983, on the net.unix-wizards and net.usoft newsgroups by Richard Stallman. Software development began on January 5, 1984 [...].


and


In 1984, Stallman began working on GNU Emacs to produce a free software alternative to Gosling Emacs; initially he based it on Gosling Emacs, but he replaced the Mocklisp interpreter at its heart with a true Lisp interpreter, which entailed replacing nearly all of the code.


'nuff said, hehehe.

(Note also that the talk was about GNU, not about RMS' personal achievements or innovations.)

Edited 2009-10-14 11:24 UTC

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