Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Apr 2005 07:05 UTC
Mac OS X OSNews reviews Apple's latest OS upgrade. Is it an overpriced, glorified point release or a truly worthy upgrade with major new functionality? Is it a Longhorn killer or just more of the same? We'll take a look, and try to see what's on the surface as well as what's under the hood.
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Apple ripped off Konfabulator and Watson
by Hobbs on Thu 28th Apr 2005 14:01 UTC

Lets face it, it is a rip off in the sense not only do they look very much like Konfabulator widgets, they are even called Widgets.

Daring Fireball made the argument:...since they used different underlying technologies, Dashboard cannot be considered as a copy of Konfabulator- Obviously, I don't agree. From an end user perspective they are not different.

If we accept Daring Fireballs argument, then Windows never copied anything from the Mac since the underlying code is quite different. In that case, Steve Jobs cannot say Windows is copying shamelessly from Apple again. We Mac users cannot complain then that Lphoto and Ltunes in Linspire are blatant copies of iPhoto and iTunes

Apple is a billion dollar company. They could have bought Konfabulator and Watson for borrowing their ideas in toto, instead of putting those creative coders under. That would be right thing to do.

I have heard the arguments in favor of Apple but I don't buy any of them.

Back to Tiger review: Although well written with a few rants, the information presented is no better than what one gets on Apples website. I like the idea of Apple providing a backup software with the Apple touch (I don't want to subscribe to .Mac ($99/yr) for the backup software) and improving a few things in Finder. Panther is a mighty fine OS already.

We already know the major features of Tiger, we need to get info on the less well advertised improvements. In this regard, Paul Thurrot has been doing a reasonably good job (I never thought I would say this- Paul being well known as a Windows shill among Mac users) as have the folks at O'Riley.

In any case, my OS is backed up using Carbon Copy Cloner and I am looking forward to playing with Tiger soon (24 hrs to go before my copy arrives!). My favorite feature is likely to be Spotlight since I am already hunting for my files using Finder already. 'Smart Folders' here I come!