Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:07 UTC
Mac OS X Normally we don't report on every fart that gets patented by the big companies, but the following patent by Apple is actually pretty interesting: Apple has patented a method to store a user's ~/ directory (home directory) on external storage (the iPod?), making it portable. This will enable users to carry all their settings, programs, and files with them, so they can load up any Mac in the world with their own settings, programs, and files. Obviously, this is 'just' a patent, and by no means a definitive feature of Leopard or Leopard+1, but interesting nonetheless. Is this Apple's answer to Google's OS?
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by judgen on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:27 UTC
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So now that this is patented i cant use it any more on my current linux box? And i might get sued too =P Apple is soon as bad as sco. I am a mac man at heart, but this is just getting silly.

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by Terracotta on Wed 11th Oct 2006 22:26 in reply to "OMFG"
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As long as you don't live in the US there's no problem (or japan, or...)...
But well I think this has been done before, like for example you can use firefox and install it on a memory stick and use it everywhere on a windows pc, with your preferences, so I think if they sue you they will loose their patent.

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by umccullough on Wed 11th Oct 2006 23:05 in reply to "RE: OMFG"
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so I think if they sue you they will loose their patent.

no, they will loose their patent lawyers on you...

Firefox (specifically that feature) didn't exist in 2002... I'm sure someone had done this before 2002, but still - nobody challenged the patent before it was given to Apple, so now someone must bear the burden of proof in order to overturn it. In the meantime, I suspect Apple won't go around suing anyone - they probably just patented this concept to protect themselves.

Edited 2006-10-11 23:06

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