Another Week in Review, that’s how fast the week went by. It’s really been mostly about MorphOS this week, but we also talked about how software licenses used to and should look. My item of the week is certainly the one about the end of the legal tousles in the Amiga world.
Apple vs. Microsoft: Top 20 Stolen OS Ideas – 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.
Apple, Psystar File Motions for Summary Judgement – Now that all the nastiness of the discovery phase is behind us in the Apple vs. Psystar case, both parties are trying to get the case settled before it goes to court, much like the recent Vernor vs. Autodesk case. Both Apple and Psystar have filed motions asking for a summary judgement.
MorphOS 2.4 Released, Adds Mac Mini Support – I barely finished and published my MorphOS 2.3 review for OSNews, and here we have the release of MorphOS 2.4. The biggest improvement, if you could call it that, is the one thing a lot of people have been waiting for: MorphOS 2.4 includes support for the entire range of PowerPC G4 Mac Mini computers from Apple.
FreeBSD Gets Grand Central Dispatch Port – Not too long ago, Apple open sourced its Grand Central Dispatch library, which aids in developing multithreaded code. It was suggested that it could be ported to other platforms, and the FreeBSD team has done exactly that. They have also done a lot of work related to getting GCD to work in a POSIX environment.
EFF Warns TI Not to Pursue Legal Threats Against Hobbyists – So, we have Apple who is paranoid about people installing legally purchased copies of its operating system on non-Apple labelled machines. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous than that, we have a hardware company trying to prevent people from installing operating systems on its hardware. Wait, what?
Borland in the 1980s: “Treat Software Just Like a Book” – Let’s do a little trip down memory lane. We’re talking the ’80s, early ’90s, and we’re looking at a company called Borland, which produced several well-known and popular products related to software development. Back in those days, Borland had an end user license agreement. However, contrary to the EULAs we know and despise today, Borland’s ‘No-Nonsense License Statement’ was a whole lot simpler, and in fact, is a perfect example of how software should be treated.
Review: Seven Days in Haiku – Today marks an entire week of using Haiku as my primary operating system. This is my first PC to get the most out of any BeOS related operating system to date. My old 200MHz Toshiba ran R5 PE just fine but without any networking. My eMachine ran Zeta just fine, but once again, there were networking issues (and Zeta was pronounced dead around this time). In the age of the Internet, this pretty much forced me away from BeOS and its decendants until now.
Silent Install Firefox Plugin Backfires on Microsoft – Whilst it’s not okay in Microsoft’s eyes for Google to install a plugin into Internet Explorer, increasing the potential surface area of attack, when Microsoft do it to Firefox, it’s a different matter. Now a security hole has been found in a plugin that Microsoft have been silently installing into Firefox.
Hyperion, Amiga, Inc. Reach Settlement, All Legal Issues Resolved – It’s really been an Amiga week, hasn’t it? As such, it seems only fitting to close this week off with some seriously epic news from the Amiga community. As most of you will know, Hyperion and Amiga, Inc. have been embroiled in a tough legal battle over the distribution and development rights of the AmigaOS, and all its associated trademarks. The epic news is that this situation is now completely and utterly resolved.