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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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Command Prompt
by jack_perry on Mon 12th Oct 2009 17:46 UTC
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple did not "steal" Commond Prompt from Windows, even if "steal" here is meant tongue-in-cheek. I'll go along with the fact that it didn't appear in Mac OS 1-9, but it did appear in NeXT, which became OSX, and NeXT took it from X Windows, whose origin predates Microsoft Windows.

Likewise, the Amiga had a command-line shell in its windowing system from the start. I don't think this influenced any of the parties named here, but as with most things, Amiga did it first for the desktop, and until recently their version was better than anyone else's. :-P

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RE: Command Prompt
by AaronD on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:30 in reply to "Command Prompt"
AaronD Member since:
2009-08-19

The 8-bit computers only had a command line.

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RE[2]: Command Prompt
by rockwell on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:48 in reply to "RE: Command Prompt"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

LOAD "$", 8, 1

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RE: Command Prompt
by helf on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:58 in reply to "Command Prompt"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

the "command line" was one of the first ways to do anything on a computer after they went from manual reporgramming of data lines and punch cards and paper tape and what not.

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RE: Command Prompt
by tyrione on Mon 12th Oct 2009 21:39 in reply to "Command Prompt"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Command line predates X-windows.

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RE: Command Prompt
by jack_perry on Mon 12th Oct 2009 22:46 in reply to "Command Prompt"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

Uhm, guys, I'm not talking about who invented the command-line interface; I'm talking about who first provided a command-line interface application in a windowed program. Read the article, already.

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RE[2]: Command Prompt
by JLF65 on Tue 13th Oct 2009 00:19 in reply to "RE: Command Prompt"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

Uhm, guys, I'm not talking about who invented the command-line interface; I'm talking about who first provided a command-line interface application in a windowed program. Read the article, already.


And that would be the Amiga. ;)

As mentioned by others, the author seems to ignore all other OSes besides OSX and Windows. It's a very badly researched article, even if you stick to a STRICT reading of the articles points.

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RE: Command Prompt
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 12th Oct 2009 23:09 in reply to "Command Prompt"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple did not "steal" Commond Prompt from Windows, even if "steal" here is meant tongue-in-cheek.


Judging by the the list, they mean "steal" as it's typically used by OS advocates & fanboys: a specialized version of the "post hoc" fallacy. It amounts to "Company A introduced feature N before Company B, therefore Company B stole feature N from Company A."

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