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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 317

by Bastian (#18478691) Attached to: Bill Gates Talk From 1989 Surfaces
OS/2 and NT are different animals.

Wrong. What became NT was an "advanced projects" branch of OS/2 that Microsoft was developing. It was originally called OS/2 NT. It ended up being very different from mainline OS/2 because Microsoft dropped things like support for 16-bit CPUs very early on, but it's still a fork of OS/2.

The original project to replace Windows's DOS underpinnings was OS/2. The alliance was short-lived, but that doesn't mean it never happened. After the split, Microsoft decided to also call it Windows, leaving the OS/2 trademark to IBM. But trademarks are cheap. Source code lineages are where it's at.
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Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst? 677

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the crushed-by-osx dept.
El Lobo writes "For the Linux desktop, 2002 was an important year. Since then, we have continuously been fed point releases which added bits of functionality and speed improvements, but no major revision has yet seen the light of day. What's going on? A big problem with GNOME is that it lacks any form of a vision, a goal, for the next big revision. GNOME 3.0 is just that- a name. All GNOME 3.0 has are some random ideas by random people in random places. KDE developers are indeed planning big things for KDE4 — but that is what they are stuck at. Show me where the results are.KDE's biggest problem is a lack of manpower and financial backing by big companies. In the meantime, the competition has not exactly been standing still. Apple has continuously been improving its Mac OS X operating system. Microsoft has not been resting on its laurels either. Windows Vista is already available. Many anti-MS fanboys complain that Vista is nothing more than XP with a new coat, but anyone with an open mind realizes this is absolutely not the case."

Microsoft Hit With 280m Euro Fine 527

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thats-a-lotta-bread dept.
Craig Mason writes "The BBC Reports that "Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling. The software giant was hit by the fine following a long-running dispute between the US firm and EU regulators. The move follows a landmark EU ruling in 2004, which ordered Microsoft to provide rivals with information about its Windows operating system. EU regulators also warned Microsoft it could face new fines of 3m euros a day.""

BumpTop, Pushing the Desktop Metaphor 213

Posted by timothy
from the slide-'em-around dept.
Alranor writes "BumpTop is a new way of manipulating your GUI desktop with a graphics pen. Documents can be moved and piled (among other actions) as if they were real pieces of paper on a physical desktop. Simulated real physical interactions, such as documents pushing others out of the way as you move them around, are intended to increase the intuitiveness of the layout tool. Given the messiness of my desks at work and home, I'm not so sure this will work for me, but it's an interesting idea."

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