Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 08:49 UTC, submitted by kragil
Amiga & AROS A few weeks ago, Novell and Red Hat jointly fended off a patent infringement suit thrown their way by a patent troll. The patent in question more or less came down to the concept of virtual desktops - and thanks to Groklaw, several people helped in finding cases of prior art. The most interesting one of all? A carefully restored and working Amiga 1000 demonstrated to the judge and jury.
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The amiga screen system was nothing more than a clever hardware trick that is not really even possible or useful anymore in this day and age.

I can think of a lot of uses—like how every desktop manager (Windows, OS X and Linux included) deals so badly with resolution switches. I want to play a game in a different resolution and then switch back to my desktop without all my window positions and sizes messed up.

The Amiga allowed you to slide the game down and show the desktop beneath—when both were at different resolutions. That’s a big deal that we could all really do with in OSes that are complex enough now to warrant it even more so than the simpler Amiga.

Think of all the hell people have had to go through fighting with X. If Amiga’s hardware was the reference platform then Linux would be in a _much_ better place than it is now.

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