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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widgets and backup
by idris33 on Thu 28th Apr 2005 15:37 UTC

I think that in the end, whether or not Apple invented widgets or not, doesn't matter. A lot of the eye candy or applications that are in all OSes weren't necessarily invented by those companies. For example, take automatic software updates. Every major OS implements some form of it now and the underlying principle and behavior is similar across them all. Noone really cares if any one company or distro implemented it first. It's a good business idea that's here and here to stay. Remote administration via X-windows was available in Unix long before it showed up in Windows but it still made good business sense to include it into the OS. Zip file creation was possible in Unix long before it was included in XP. Some ideas just make sense to implement but too many folks here have this "my OS is better/bigger/faster than yours" mentality and are really only here to argue.

As for the lack of a backup utility, I have yet to find workstation end-users who need it or have ever used it in this age of zip utilities and cd/dvd burners standard on almost every new machine (which I always see folks using to backup their data). On servers, I've seen the Windows backup utility used but just never on an end-user's workstation. I'm sure someone, somewhere uses it, I just don't know how it ends up being a con in the article. Maybe the author uses it.