How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac?
Subject:   Why reinvent the wheel?
Date:   2006-07-25 22:38:29
From:   dogzilla
Response to: Why reinvent the wheel?

Well, I agree with you on Firefox. However, I can't agree where any of the other categories covered in this article are concerned. I just don't think any of the other chat clients are as unobtrusive and feature-rich as iChat (ex: my mother uses iChat to videoconf with my kids. No OSS client could do that, imho). While I agree that some OSS apps have (in the grand scheme of things) really minor features that I'd like, there just isn't anything out there that compares to iTunes/ITMS, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iDVD. Maybe the most compelling measure of these apps is that - even with the tiny amount of free time I have - I've used all of these apps for multiple projects (usually a birthday or christmas gift of some kind).

As for tabbed chats: I use Chax ( So should Apple incorporate these into iChat thereby "stealing" the idea and "crushing another small developer" as they were accused of doing with widgets?

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