Linked by snydeq on Mon 12th Oct 2009 15:24 UTC
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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Member since:
2009-10-14

Hmmm...
Emacs ('nuff said)
GCC (probably the most widely used compiler available)
Gzip (if I'm not mistaken, this was the best compression around for quite a while)
The GNU General Public License (the most widely usd free/open source software license)
The concept of Free Software

Not innovative?

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strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20


Emacs ('nuff said)


I'll just correct this single one: FYI, Emacs dates to the 1970s, long before GNU even existed.

'nuff said.

Edited 2009-10-14 10:09 UTC

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rirmak Member since:
2009-06-23

"
Emacs ('nuff said)


I'll just correct this single one: FYI, Emacs dates to the 1970s, long before GNU even existed.

'nuff said.
"

From Wikipedia:

In 1984, Stallman began working on GNU Emacs to produce a free software alternative to Gosling Emacs; initially he based it on Gosling Emacs (...). It became the first program released by the nascent GNU project.


The original EMACS consisted of a set of Editor MACroS for the TECO editor. It was written in 1976 by Richard Stallman, initially together with Guy L. Steele, Jr..


This is what I'd call 'nuff said.

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