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  •  Really, Gates copies, steals or buys (1+ / 0-)
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    badger

    Anything Microsoft is known for. They also behave in immoral was to leverage their products over any others, they hate competing in the market. After 25 years they finally got an OS that is at least comparable, not as good as, but comparable to Mac OS X. Stunning! Bush DOJ stopped Microsoft from being broken up, as it should have been.
    Banks were not broken up, US is not governed by the people for the people. You are owned by the likes of Gates.

    •  And after 25 years Apple gave up (1+ / 0-)
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      Rick Aucoin

      trying to write their own OS and just used BSD Unix as the base of OSX.   So they take from the open source community, give very little back, and then force you to buy their hardware.  

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. --John F. Kennedy

      by Beelzebud on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:10:23 AM PST

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      •  That's awfully misinformed (1+ / 0-)
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        Smartest Guy in the World

        First, open source projects like BSD are meant to be used and are licensed by their authors to be used freely, so that's hardly theft. It's the author's choice how his or her software is licensed. The things Microsoft co-opted were not licensed freely (and MS has co-opted a lot of open source code as well).

        Second, Apple has contributed back significantly to the open source community. I'm most familiar with their contributions to the KHTML libs used in Safari and KDE's Konqueror and probably WebKit (I've been away from that area since WebKit basically replaced KHTML). CUPS, which is the print manager on most Linux systems, holds an Apple copyright, and I'm pretty sure they've made other contributions.

        Compare that to Microsoft taking virtually everything and giving back next to nothing. You can't even sell open sourced licensed products via the MS app store.

        We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy

        by badger on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:59:04 AM PST

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      •  Actually OS X comes from Job's efforts at NEXT (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, based on BSD Unix. For good reason, it has become very evident the worse thing you can do for an OS is to try to make some old legacy crap work. Apple has handed over a number of technologies and promotes the use of many standards. Apple is not perfect by any means, but it's not evil. Apple is happy to support PDF, Microsoft wants to invent it's own (inferior version) and force use of it. They came late with a browser and attempted to create a monopoly via illegal means. They came late with everything. I pity you users using 5 year old technology thinking you are "with it". Happy Zunning. Apple forces you to do nothing, you can accept their ecosystem, or buy other's offerings, but since it's customer satisfaction is so high, it sells a lot of stuff. Finally, people are "getting it" after years of listening to you PC guys poo pooing Apple. Bite me.

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