Originally Posted by nikon133
Hm... to me, computers nowadays look more like Amiga than original Mac. Amiga was released a year after original Mac, but I would expect it was already well in development when Mac was released and thus wasn't influenced by Mac.
The Amiga was released in 1985--one year after the release of the Macintosh, but two years after the release of the Lisa. Of course, work on the Amiga began before the Mac reached market. Development of the Amiga began in 1982. This does mean that the Mac did not inform the Amiga GUI. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the GUI was cutting edge computer science. The concept was not a secret. Most people don't know that Microsoft Windows began development in 1981. However, it was an abject failure until Apple licensed its code to Microsoft in a deal to port Microsoft BASIC to the Mac. With the Apple code, Microsoft was able to release Windows 1.0 in 1985.
Give Amiga credit for being able to get out a GUI one year faster than Microsoft and without Apple's help. However, you would have to be blind to insist that it was not influenced by the Mac.
Another example of the Mac's influence. In 1984, IBM was working on TopView
, its own text-based GUI. However, it was getting nowhere. None of the engineers working on the project had seen a Macintosh. One day, one of the engineers brought a Macintosh to work to show his colleagues how the GUI worked. IBM used no Apple code. By August 1984, their hands-on experience with the Macintosh allowed them to develop TopView
to a point where IBM felt that it could be released. However, TopView
was not ready when it went on sale.