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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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rirmak
Member since:
2009-06-23

Heh, your truism/comment is really perverse, but RMS deserves it. Hell, you even found the most foxy context (article) for it, LOLZ!

Indeed, FSF don't deserve our fairness because they promise and don't deliver. As sad as it sounds, they pretend they're all about innovation but all they do is they basically provide "free software" versions of warez that, well, I can always download for free anyway. Philosophically speaking, at some fundamental level they are just "downloading" the warez for me.

(Don't get me wrong, I appreciate FSF doing all this work. I just hate doublespeak. Especially honestly sad, appreciative, and off-topic doublespeak.)

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eldarion Member since:
2008-12-15

You are wrong. Free Software have innovation. Take a look at KDE4. What desktop environment you know that is completely based on SVG? And what about the folder view widget? On this, i belive it was proprietary software that copied from FOSS (http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Take a look at KDE4. What desktop environment you know that is completely based on SVG?

I wouldn't really call that innovation. SVG existed already before, SVG has been used in DEs in many places already (themes, icons, wallpapers) so they just extended the use of it to the rest of the DE, too. It was a good move, but hardly a totally new innovation.

And what about the folder view widget?

A window which display you the contents of a specific folder in a graphical manner and allows you to manipulate those contents...Let's see, does anything else do that? Oh, wait, almost ALL graphical file managers. The only different here is that it's part of your desktop, not an individual window. That too is not really invention, it's just yet another way to implement this functionality.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Basing everything on a format designed to be easily parsed rather then for size or speed makes me cringe a little....

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rirmak Member since:
2009-06-23

I wouldn't be wrong even if you were right about KDE4.

Firstly KDE is not FSF. (But I admit this is nitpicking.) Secondly, my reply was for strcpy only. The two of us share our own delusional world. Even some cliches, as you probably didn't notice.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Take a look at KDE4. What desktop environment you know that is completely based on SVG?

KDE4 was based upon *hype*. They took every buzzword that was flying around a several years ago and based KDE3+1 upon it. And the results, in a real world sense, speak for themselves. It was an interesting experiment.

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