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Re:Can Open Source think of being Original?

Posted by: David D. Scribner on September 14, 2004 05:02 AM
"Can you morons think of developing something original rather than make life tough for the commercial programmers to compete with bull-sh*t free software?"

I hope you're not referring to the commercial application Mind Manager as being "original", though your comments make it sound like you might very well work for the company that produces that application.

Although I have tried neither of the apps mentioned in this article, but since you bang on the FOSS app as being "unoriginal", they both seem to embody the element of an old, old DOS application I used back in the '80's called Tornado Notes (which I understand is still alive, though now known as InfoSelect from MicroLogic, and has incorporated graphics).

It was a free-form database (flat-file, back then, and may still be) that allowed a user to place their ideas in notes that could be easily tied to others if chosen, and was great for those impromptu ideas, brain storms or even shopping lists... literally allowing the user to document what they needed as it came up, and tie it in with literally whatever else they chose to, easily recalling it and any other data it was tied to in a split second.

So, with that concept in mind, just *what* commercial application could you be referring to that is claiming originality to this concept? You can't be thinking Mind Manager, as that seems to be a take off of Tornado Notes/InfoSelect as far as I can tell. If that *is* the case, then what do we have? Oh no, a *commercial* program that is ripping off an idea from another *commercial* program, and possibly putting them out of business. My word! The horrors! Can't commercial vendors come up with anything original! We have to put a stop to this right _now_!

In other words... Come on! Get real! And as the other poster replied, there are literally scores of commercial applications that started their life by “ripping off” someone else's ideas used in a free application or other commercial applications. Quattro Pro ripped Lotus 123, Mirror II ripped CrossTalk XVI, pcAnywhere ripped CarbonCopy, which in turn ripped Remote, and MS Windows, GEM Desktop and Geoworks Ensemble ripped Apple OS, who ripped XEROX Palo Alto... should I go on, or is your brain working again?

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