Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by sawboss
3D News, GL, DirectX More patent news? Sorry, but for some reason, there's a spike in patent, trademark, and related news this week - not entirely unsurprising considering it's earnings season. HTC, currently under attack from Apple and a recent signer of Microsoft patent agreement regarding Android, has bought S3 Graphics... For the patents. Patents Apple has already been found infringing upon.
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RE[2]: The patent dance
by BluenoseJake on Fri 8th Jul 2011 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE: The patent dance"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Apple tried a couple of times to build their own modern OS, google Copland, Taligent, Pink. They failed miserably.

If it wasn't for OSS, and buying Next, they wouldn't have had an OS at all, Unless they had spent the amazingly stupid price Be wanted for BeOS.

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RE[3]: The patent dance
by kaiwai on Sat 9th Jul 2011 01:47 in reply to "RE[2]: The patent dance"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I think the issue at Apple wasn't the lack of talent but the lack of leadership from the top downwards (which is the problem with Microsoft right now - a remote hands off CEO who doesn't have a clue about the products being sold) - if you look at the first decisions Steve Job made when he became CEO they were some painful but rational decisions but too bad so many people here have very short memories.

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RE[3]: The patent dance
by unclefester on Mon 11th Jul 2011 10:08 in reply to "RE[2]: The patent dance"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

In fact BeOS was vastly cheaper option than buying NeXT. BeOS was also far more advanced and ran on both standard Motorola Mac and PC hardware

OSX was basically unusable for several years after it was released.

Edited 2011-07-11 10:09 UTC

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RE[4]: The patent dance
by Johann Chua on Mon 11th Jul 2011 11:23 in reply to "RE[3]: The patent dance"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Wasn't BeOS lacking in internationalization support?

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RE[4]: The patent dance
by BluenoseJake on Mon 11th Jul 2011 12:50 in reply to "RE[3]: The patent dance"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

In fact BeOS was vastly cheaper option than buying NeXT. BeOS was also far more advanced and ran on both standard Motorola Mac and PC hardware

OSX was basically unusable for several years after it was released.


BeOS was not cheaper than buying Next, Be wanted 400 million for just the OS. When Apple bought Next, they also got Steve, who by most accounts, is the real reason Apple survived. Cheap at twice the price.

Also, OS X might have been unusable for a couple of releases, but NextStep was far and above BeOS at the time, So far above it that BeOS was couldn't see it. Display postscript, multiprocessor support, and Unixy goodness (and a lot more), all in one package.

BeOS was useless in comparison. I used both, and there was nothing like NextStep on a NextCube, blew anything available then out of the water.

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