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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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Screen Sharing?
by tyrione on Mon 12th Oct 2009 17:13 UTC
tyrione
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2005-11-21

5. Screen Sharing: Remote Desktop Connection

It's called NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple could dream of it's capabilities.

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RE: Screen Sharing?
by phoenix on Mon 12th Oct 2009 20:18 in reply to "Screen Sharing?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

5. Screen Sharing: Remote Desktop Connection

It's called NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple could dream of it's capabilities.


Since when could RDP be used to share a computer screen? I've never seen it used that way. From what I've seen, it's only for remote, GUI logins.

VNC needs to be installed in order to share the screen with another user sitting in front of the computer.

VNC and RDP have two very different use-cases.

RDP is closer to X11 XDMCP (remote X logins) than to VNC.

Haven't used the desktop sharing in MacOS X, but I believe it's closer to VNC than RDP.

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RE[2]: Screen Sharing?
by darknexus on Mon 12th Oct 2009 21:39 in reply to "RE: Screen Sharing?"
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2008-07-15

Haven't used the desktop sharing in MacOS X, but I believe it's closer to VNC than RDP.


Actually, Apple's screen sharing is VNC underneath the interface. You can connect to any VNC server with the screen sharing app, and VNC clients are able to connect to you. In fact, the server bundle just happens to be called AppleVNCServer.Bundle. iChat's screen sharing feature is simply a frontend to the screen sharing app so that you do not have to specify IP addresses and/or port numbers, but it's all standard VNC underneath.

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RE[2]: Screen Sharing?
by n4cer on Tue 13th Oct 2009 08:18 in reply to "RE: Screen Sharing?"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

"5. Screen Sharing: Remote Desktop Connection It's called NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple could dream of it's capabilities.
Since when could RDP be used to share a computer screen? I've never seen it used that way. From what I've seen, it's only for remote, GUI logins. VNC needs to be installed in order to share the screen with another user sitting in front of the computer. VNC and RDP have two very different use-cases. RDP is closer to X11 XDMCP (remote X logins) than to VNC. Haven't used the desktop sharing in MacOS X, but I believe it's closer to VNC than RDP. "

RDP is capable of screen sharing. Remote Assistance, Windows Meeting Space/Microsoft SharedView, etc. use RDP to do this. The API was made public in Vista for third-party apps to utilize.
http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2007/03/08/windows-desktop-sharin...
Prior to RDP, Netmeeting also supported screen sharing.

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RE[2]: Screen Sharing?
by BluenoseJake on Tue 13th Oct 2009 15:51 in reply to "RE: Screen Sharing?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

2 words: Remote assistance. You can also setup a RDP connection so both users can see the desktop. This is under administrative tools -> Terminal Services Manager

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RE: Screen Sharing?
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 12th Oct 2009 22:35 in reply to "Screen Sharing?"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

5. Screen Sharing: Remote Desktop Connection

It's called NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple could dream of it's capabilities.


Pre-dating the same functionality in the X Window system & products from Citrix?

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RE[2]: Screen Sharing?
by phoenix on Tue 13th Oct 2009 06:05 in reply to "RE: Screen Sharing?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"5. Screen Sharing: Remote Desktop Connection

It's called NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple could dream of it's capabilities.


Pre-dating the same functionality in the X Window system & products from Citrix?
"

Add-on products like Citrix and Timbuktu don't count, as they are not bundled/part of the OS.

XDMCP does predate Windows and MacOS, though.

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