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@rjek: I think you're being over-generous to NeXT and perhaps even unkind to RISC OS. As I understand it, the resemblance between the RISC OS icon bar and the Win95 taskbar is considerably closer than either's resemblance to the NeXT Dock. Considering both W9x and RO, both are [1] a full screen width bar [2] across the bottom of the screen with [3] dynamically-generated icons representing running apps; [4] those icons can be manipulated via context menus to manipulate the icon's and thus the app's state, e.g. closing it. [5] The bar is the home of the primary UI of the machine; for instance, it's where you go to shut down.

It is my suspicion that the resemblance is too close to be mere coincidence, but that Win9x's GUI was based on vague recollections rather than directly copied.

Similarly, I don't buy that the Start menu is an Apple menu ripoff. The Start menu is an app launcher and the main interface to system-wide tasks like shutdown, tasks Apple used the Finder and its menus for. The Start menu was always user-customisable; Apple only added this quite late. App installers automatically update the Start menu; most added nothing to the Apple menu. And so on. I think that resemblance /is/ just cosmetics and coincidence; indeed I reckon that the MacOS 8 & 9 Apple menu borrowed ideas from Win9x.

 is a RISC OS Userlproven on 25/7/07 4:59PM
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