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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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I'd like to know...
by strcpy on Mon 12th Oct 2009 17:26 UTC
strcpy
Member since:
2009-05-20

I'd like to know what GNU and Linux have "stolen" (or copied) over the years...

Now go and mod me down to the hell.

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RE: I'd like to know...
by poundsmack on Mon 12th Oct 2009 17:32 in reply to "I'd like to know..."
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

that would take a very long time to itemize it out like that. Stolen has such a nasty connotation, let's say "borrowed."

100% from scratch inovation is rare these days, virtually everything has its roots in something else.

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RE[2]: I'd like to know...
by AaronD on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:27 in reply to "RE: I'd like to know..."
AaronD Member since:
2009-08-19

100% from scratch inovation is rare these days, virtually everything has its roots in something else.

I would argue that innovation never happens and has never happened from scratch. Nothing is ever created in a vacuum. Everything "new" is influenced by what came before it.

J. Michael Straczynski said one time that "good writers borrow, bad writers steal." A good writer will take old ideas and add to them. The same thing happens in all of the other creative arts including coding and engineering.

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RE[2]: I'd like to know...
by David on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:51 in reply to "RE: I'd like to know..."
David Member since:
1997-10-01

It's only stealing if by taking it you're depriving the owner of its use. We have a word for being inspired by someone else's idea and creating something derivative: invention. There's nothing morally wrong with copying a user interface element that works, or improving on it slightly. It's not even illegal in most circumstances. Without "stealing" we would have no civilization and no technology.

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You already know...
by Moulinneuf on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:48 in reply to "I'd like to know..."
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Answer : Absolutely Nothing.

GNU and Linux have the distinction of being entirely Legal and not relying on any stolen or copied technology.

But then you already knew that.

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RE: You already know...
by helf on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:57 in reply to "You already know..."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

lol.

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RE: I'd like to know...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:58 in reply to "I'd like to know..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I'd like to know what GNU and Linux have "stolen" (or copied) over the years...

Now go and mod me down to the hell.

Well according to Steve Ballmer, apparently around 200+ patents "at least."

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RE[2]: I'd like to know...
by DigitalAxis on Tue 13th Oct 2009 02:04 in reply to "RE: I'd like to know..."
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Yes, but how many of them are for things like "A mouse cursor that changes to an I-frame when it's over a textbox" or "A button that displays a menu of installed programs"?

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