Linked by Elv13 on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 00:00 UTC
Linux "As the Linux desktop increases in popularity, the user interface experience has become increasingly important. For example, most laptops today have multitouch capabilities that have yet to be fully exposed and exploited in the free software ecosystem. Soon we will be carrying around multitouch tablets with a traditional Linux desktop or similar foundation. In order to provide a high-quality and rich experience we must fully exploit multitouch gestures. The uTouch stack developed by Canonical aims to provide a foundation for gestures on the Linux desktop."
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Legal Blocking?
by shotsman on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 11:12 UTC
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There are a good number companies with an awful lot of PAtents on Gestures. We have seen some of the spats already but if I were Canonical I'd be trading very carefully here.
If this stack becomes too popular then I fully expect a few of the patent holders to come a calling for their tolls.
The model used by the likes of Microsoft wrt Android is to get a fee per device. I am sure that they will want to keep that model going but quite how they will manage that is a puzzle when the OS that will contain the packages is given away for nowt.
Perhaps the new model that Canonical is going to try to use in order to make money will include the per system fees that these licensees will demand.

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