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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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.

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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