They Ripped Off Our Dock.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cheesegreater, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. cheesegreater macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    Hell froze over. Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system features multitouch support and a new taskbar which suprisingly shows resemblance to our OS X dock. They have taken this to a new low, guys. Here's the link:
  2. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    You mean the way Apple ripped off the dock concept from someone else? And Windows ripped off Apple who ripped off Xerox PARC for the GUI idea? Please...
  3. cheesegreater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    I can't believe you said that.:( Saddening.
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    linux distros come to mind

    cant handle the truth?:rolleyes:
  5. Tibbar macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Enough with the righteous outrage. If you actually watched the video, MS Windows 7's taskbar behaves differently from Leopard's dock in how it groups minimized Windows by program. (However, it's nice that Leopard's Apple-Tab is by program instead of by window).

    And so many Mac users give snooty arguments about Windows, saying "Yuck" about the interface as if that is a sufficient argument in of itself. Do you have any actual criticism from a useability or design standpoint other than that it superficially resembles the dock?

    Oh, and the real shameless rip-off of Leopard's dock is RocketDock.
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    It is ironic, however, given how many Windows users I've heard criticize OS X's dock.
  7. hogfaninga macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2008
    Chestnut Tree Cafe

    Thanks for the link. Pretty cool. I might download it on my Vista partition in bootcamp.
  8. Tibbar macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
  9. hogfaninga macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2008
    Chestnut Tree Cafe
    Thanks again. I'm not a Vista and/or MS hater like many on here. I wouldn't mind customizing my Windows side of things. I like OS X better of course, but Vista is pretty good.
  10. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    Interesting video. I was impressed with how smoothly everything appeared, disappeared and moved around. It looks pretty slick. I guess we'll know just how slick and how intuitive it really is in 2010.
  11. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Hmm, interesting, I still feel like the Mac is a few steps ahead in that department.

    I wouldn't say rip-off, because then we have to trace our roots all the way back, but it is awfully funny when MS puts more importance into the "task bar" aka Dock.
  12. Tibbar macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Me neither. I care more about the programs and games I can run than the operating system. And the Mac and PC both have programs that are exclusive to each, so I use both systems with contentedness.
  13. McDughf macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2007
    Great Britain
    Ermmmmm, Actually Steve Jobs had the idea of a Dock since 1986, implementing it in NeXTStep In 1988, applied for a patent in 1999 and was awarded it at the start of this month, almost 10 years later.
    The Dock was always going to be the central point of OS X, and now he has this in writing.

    You could argue that the Acorn Archimedes had the idea first, but come on, can you really compare the Icon Bar to The Dock?
  14. cheesegreater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    But it really looks like the copying situation is getting worse. I guess that's a good thing. More mac users for us. :D
  15. cheesegreater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    Agreed. Thats really what I was referring to.
  16. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    This new taskbar is pretty sweet actually.

    NeXT had NeXTSTEP 1.0 on the market before Linux existed, let alone had any decent window managers. The idea Apple stole the Dock from Linux Distros in laughable. When Apple brought NeXT they inherited all their IP, that's how it works.

    Apple didn't steal (well if you call paying them $1 million US stealing) as much from XEROX Parc as many of the anti-Mac crowd would like to make out. There were no drop down windows in Xerox's system, windows couldn't overlap etc.

    Read this article for more info.
  17. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    I'll give them credit. If they can do that on an average machine, great. Window management -- on Macs and PCs -- needs to be improved.

    And personally, I think the task bar is big improvement over the Dock ... I don't like how the Dock is a layer on top of the desktop. Stuff (icons, window edges) keeps falling behind it. It's like a desk 1 inch from the wall and all the crap that tumbles to the floor.

  18. cheesegreater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    I love how the dock is in Tiger. I can't stand leopard's dock. ;)
  19. AD05 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2008
    Vancouver, B.C
    They might have ripped off the Dock but remember this is Microsoft everything they copy or make is full of bugs.. and half of the time they dont even know where they went wrong lol.. I guess we know how Apple will ruin the reputation of windows 7 :)
  20. MKnight macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2007
    Ahhh who cares??
  21. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Gotta love it. I find it more entertaining how many of my friends dislike Macs, but then actually use one/buy one and love it.

    One friend even turned into a Mac fanatic because I convinced him to buy a MacBook Pro over some Dell.
  22. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    This is the part I love most.

    Today: Hahahaha! You call that an operating system? That's such a stupid, useless feature! Nobody would ever want to do that! Only idiots do it that way! Windows does it so much better!

    After the next Windows version: Hey, check it out! Now my Windows PC can do it too! It's just like yours! You're not so special anymore! Who's laughing now?


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