Yesterday we linked to an article at Paul Thurrottis SuperSite for Windows that called Mac OS X and the Linux OS mere copycats of Windows XPis features. A few hours after publishing that story, Mr. Thurrott modified the article to say that Mac OS X and Linux were competitors (as opposed to copycats) of Windows XP, but that both were still copying Windows XPis feature set. Still later in the day, Mr. Thurrott added a sidebar to his article that talked specifically about Windows XP as compared to Mac OS X, his history with Mac OS X and Macs in general, and a bit about Linux. While this may surprise you, this article made us reconsider our opinion of Mr. Thurrottis opinions.
Donit mistake us, this follow up article still has some things wrong, but it was written in such a way that it didnit seem like Mr. Thurrott was a blind Microsoft groupie. Indeed, there was even a bit of praise for Apple in the article. In the end, he stated he regretted having said that Mac OS X was copying Windows XP, but that it was certainly true that both Apple and Microsoft copied each other of late. He closed the new article out by removing Mac OS X from his claim of copying, leaving the bill on the doorstep of Linux alone. From the article:
However, I had the temerity to write the following in my review of this product:
And for the copycat Mac OS X and Linux platforms, where innovation equates to copying the feature set of Windows, the bar has been raised yet again, this time to stupefying heights.
I agree that this was a bit harsh. So a few days after posting the review, I modified it--qualified it, you might say--to the following:
And for competitors such as Mac OS X and Linux, where innovation often has lately equated to simply copying the feature set of Windows, the bar has been raised yet again, this time to stupefying heights.
With this in mind, Iid like to amend that line in the original review a final time to the following:
And for competitors such as Linux, where innovation often has equated to simply copying the feature set of Windows, the bar has been raised yet again, this time to stupefying heights.
You can read the full article, and there is much more we did not quote, at the SuperSite for Windows.