Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just driving yesterday's point home some more: "The Lilith was one of the first computer workstations worldwide with a high-resolution graphical display and a mouse. The first prototype was developed by Niklaus Wirth and his group between 1978 and 1980 with Richard Ohran as the hardware specialist. [...] The whole system software of the Lilith was written in Modula-2, a structured programming language which Wirth has developed at the same time. The programs were compiled into low-level M-Code instructions which could be executed by the hardware. The user interface was designed with windows, icons and pop-up menus. Compared with the character based systems available at that time, these were revolutionary metaphors in the interaction with a computer." Jos Dreesen, owner of one of the few remaining working Liliths, wrote a Lilith emulator for Linux.
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RE: What this reminds me of
by Alfman on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:15 UTC in reply to "What this reminds me of"
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Tony Swash,

"It's time to let go. Nobody copied the Blit and the Lilith because they were obscure and unsuccessful back room experiments."

How would you know? Are you suggesting that Jobs & co were clueless about their competition? Not only do I think that most likely he did have a clue, but Jobs even admitted to copying others.

If Apple's current lawyers were working for Blit or Lilith back then, then Apple would have been sued for violation of basic GUI concepts. Apple would have had to pay competitors for copying ideas. That's if the inventors want to license them at all, but they could have blocked apple's products all together from the market. There is no exception in patent law for co-development or inadvertent infringement, therefore the guts of your post are invalid in the eyes of the law.

If you believe that apple SHOULD be allowed to compete without regards to what was done before them, well I can agree. However don't be a hypocrite and defend their actions today now that their corporate fortunes have changed. Had apple's behaviour today been practiced in the past, apple would have never been viable in the first place. Is that something you can stand behind?

They are just a company Tony, they have faults like everyone else, it's really time to let go of this innocence nonsense.

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