M$ Are At It Again

Postby Baur on Fri 27/Feb/04 12:22pm

DA.com wrote:Our friends over at Slashdot have highlighted yet another case of a very dubious patent application sent to the US Patent Office. Microsoft quietly applied for a patent for the "method for a user to preview multiple virtual desktops in a graphical user interface". The implications for software developers seems grave; any software company which continues to develop an application featuring virtual desktop previews may have to answer to Microsoft in the future. Popular software such as Litestep, Gnome and KDE would be affected if the patent is granted.


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edit: fixed quote again :blush:
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Postby jeremyb on Fri 27/Feb/04 12:26pm

But since linux is free, surely it doesn't matter :sly:
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Postby Baur on Fri 27/Feb/04 12:39pm

jeremyb wrote:But since linux is free, surely it doesn't matter :sly:


yeah true but however it'le nake it "impossible" for linux to hookup with windows machines
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Postby jeremyb on Fri 27/Feb/04 1:23pm

Why impossible? the patent covers virtual desktops, something X windows has had since day one to allow you to have multiple workspaces or desktops operating at once, nothign to do with microsoft windows.
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Postby Baur on Fri 27/Feb/04 1:56pm

:eh:
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