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Re: KDE4: "Linux and FOSS are taking the lead"

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____/ Peter KÃhlmann on Wednesday 26 Oct 2011 13:07 : \____

> White Spirit wrote:
>> On 26/10/2011 12:00, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> ____/ White Spirit on Wednesday 26 Oct 2011 11:48 : \____
>>>> On 26/10/2011 11:24, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>> KDE 4: Leader of the Semantic Pack
>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>> | Semantic computing is the future of computing, and KDE4 has the only
>>>>> | working implementation of a semantic desktop. If you want an example
>>>>> | of where Linux and FOSS are taking the lead, this is a great one.
>>>>> `----
>>>> They should patent it...
>>> It's registered in code form as prior art. The repository has date field.
>>> :-)
>> In that case it only remains to sit back and wait for Apple and M$ to
>> innovate it ;)
> They certainly will. And then apple will start suing KDE for using "their
> IP"


"I've run into a few Apple UI patents a over the years while developing 
software. Their software patents, like most other software patents, tend to be 
completely inane. They are the sort of things that are obvious to pretty much 
anyone doing UI development who isn't stuck thinking "WIMP, WIMP, WIMP".

"Many of Apple's concepts such as icons stacks, parabolic zooming in panels and 
(most recently) widgets on media centers that they seem to feel are patentable 
are either unoriginal or just plain trivial.

"The widgets on media center patent filing is dated was granted on February 8 of 
2008. Plasma has had a MediaCenter form factor for widgets from at least May 25 
of 2007, or nearly a year before Apple's little patent was granted. I'm not so 
full of myself to think Plasma had to be first to implementing that concept, 

"The only thing in that patent filing we haven't implemented yet that I can see, 
though we have certainly already discussed it, is linking widgets to specific 
remote control buttons. Global shortcuts for widgets is already on our roadmap, 
though, and that's pretty much the same thing, just not specific to a t.v. 
remote. Really, it's a beyond trivial feature add."

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