“Shameless Mac OS X imitator”

Julio Ojeda-Zapata, for the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

I praise Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system, and I also curse it.


But after waiting five years — as in half a decade — for this thing, I think I should get something revolutionary, a PC operating system so astonishing it makes the competition look laughably primitive. The almighty Microsoft made this, right? So Vista–being released to consumers Tuesday–has to be jaw-droppingly superior, right?

Well, it’s not. Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It’s a fine Windows upgrade, but it’s also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X.

That begs the question: Why not just use OS X?

Those upgrading from XP likely will have to get a new computer anyway because Vista doesn’t work properly on most older PCs. […] So, instead of purchasing a Windows PC, they could–and typically should–get an Apple Macintosh computer running OS X.
[Emphasis in the original. –R]