Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:08 UTC
Linux A complaint you hear quite often is that the Linux desktop environments, which mostly refers to KDE and GNOME, are trying too hard to be like Windows and Mac OS X. Now, even James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at Novell, Director of the Linux Foundation, and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board (put that on your business card) states in an interview that he believes the Linux desktop is too much like Windows and Mac.
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Milo_Hoffman
Member since:
2005-07-06

Microsoft steals more than anyone.

1) The logout/shutdown icons in vista are stolen from KDE...see the far right of the toolbar in this screenshot. KDE has had them for several years now, and suddenly the same RED and BLUE icons are in vista.
http://www.doxxx.net/kde-usability/kde31a-default.png

2)The new Start button is a copy of the very popular "Marble" icon theme for KDE.


3) The new theme for IE, is a copy of the same icons used in a Firefox theme. There is a theme that has the exact "shaped" same blue forwards/backwards icons like the new version of IE. It's from Everaldo's free and immensely popular "Crystal" theme for KDE.



Microsoft are a bunch of cheap hacks and provide ZERO innovation.. or original thinking.


These are just a few examples of Linux actually showing that OTHER OS's look like Linux...not the other way around.

Edited 2009-08-27 20:00 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Microsoft are a bunch of cheap hacks and provide ZERO innovation..


Is that why openoffice has stopped copying Office97 and has switched to 2007? What about directx? Visual Studio? I could go on but I'm sure you would just find something else to rationalize your hatred.

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uray Member since:
2009-08-19

as we know lusers are big mouth...

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t3ckn0b0y Member since:
2009-08-29

If one was to look at the sounds in windows xp they will notice that the files where created with an illegal copy of Soundforge. Yes Microsoft steals alot of things from other operating systems and turns around and blames everyone for stealing from them..

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Microsoft steals more than anyone.

1) The logout/shutdown icons in vista are stolen from KDE...see the far right of the toolbar in this screenshot. KDE has had them for several years now, and suddenly the same RED and BLUE icons are in vista.
http://www.doxxx.net/kde-usability/kde31a-default.png


Those icons have been in Windows since Win95. You can see them in WinXP and Win2003 if you have the old-school Start Menu on. Good research though.

2)The new Start button is a copy of the very popular "Marble" icon theme for KDE.


Ooh, a round button, never saw that before, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have the windows logo in the middle.


3) The new theme for IE, is a copy of the same icons used in a Firefox theme. There is a theme that has the exact "shaped" same blue forwards/backwards icons like the new version of IE. It's from Everaldo's free and immensely popular "Crystal" theme for KDE.


I used to use that theme on firefox, and while the arrows are similar, arrows are arrows, and the IE ones are pretty similar to IE 6s as well. Perhaps Crystal stole them from IE 6?

Microsoft are a bunch of cheap hacks and provide ZERO innovation.. or original thinking.


That's right, be objective.

These are just a few examples of Linux actually showing that OTHER OS's look like Linux...not the other way around.


uh huh, There is rampant copying by all OS developers, not just Microsoft. If you took an objective look at the situation, I'd think you'd see that.

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freetardo smasher Member since:
2009-08-27

<quote>1) The logout/shutdown icons in vista are stolen from KDE...see the far right of the toolbar in this screenshot. KDE has had them for several years now, and suddenly the same RED and BLUE icons are in vista. </quote>

Hate to break it to you buddy but Microsoft used the red shutdown icon almost 2 years before KDE started using it in KDE 3.1. Next time try a little harder rather than spouting out bs that is blatantly made up and can be verified.

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SterlingNorth Member since:
2006-02-21

1) The logout/shutdown icons in vista are stolen from KDE...see the far right of the toolbar in this screenshot. KDE has had them for several years now, and suddenly the same RED and BLUE icons are in vista.
http://www.doxxx.net/kde-usability/kde31a-default.png


You are a twit! Those have been the standardized icons for power and sleep mode for decades! see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol or http://eetd.lbl.gov/Controls/publications/switch5.pdf

Anyway, red has always been used as an danger/alert color or attention grabbing color. I have dozens of remotes that use red to denote the power button. And I don't think I need to explain why the lock function would use a lock for an icon.

2)The new Start button is a copy of the very popular "Marble" icon theme for KDE.


It's a round button. I can point to lots of round buttons in life.


3) The new theme for IE, is a copy of the same icons used in a Firefox theme. There is a theme that has the exact "shaped" same blue forwards/backwards icons like the new version of IE.


Or perhaps Firefox correctly followed the Windows User Interface Guidelines when they developed its Windows UI.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx

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suzaku Member since:
2009-08-27

You've got it all figured out. Hey, Microsoft just recently demonstrated Project Natal for the Xbox360, which can perform rather sophisticated Live Motion Capturing with a single camera, without markers. I suppose they also stole this from Linux?

But yeah, I find it very innovative when nearly all audio players with a GUI on Linux resemble iTunes, even if they all suck.

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