“Apple Computer is predicting that rivals will mimic Mac OS X Tiger, but one developer says it’s the new Mac operating system that is doing the copying,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “Arlo Rose is outraged at the similarity of Apple’s Dashboard, previewed earlier Monday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, to his Konfabulator, a $25 Macintosh program. Both programs allow easy access to small programs called Widgets, which can perform a number of useful little tasks.”
“‘It’s insulting, is what it is,’ Rose said in a telephone interview. ‘They could have at least offered to work with us or to buy it.’ Apple, for its part, maintains that Dashboard is the company’s own creation, noting that Widgets have long been a part of Mac OS X and the NextStep OS,” Fried reports. “‘The goal isn’t to be like anything else,’ Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said in an interview. ‘It’s not his stuff. What we’ve done is ours.'”
“Rose and co-creator Perry Clarke released Konfabulator in February 2003. ‘There really wasn’t anything like it when we came out.’ Now, Rose said, a number of copycat programs are on the market,” Fried reports. “By treading closely on outside developers, Rose said, Apple risks killing the incentive to write Mac software. ‘Why should developers want to work on their platform?'”
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