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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I suppose you could fake this with a graphics system that did the resolution downscaling for you in software- it would know what the actual resolution of the screen was (say, 1680x1050x24-bit), scale other-resolution material (or windowbox it), and always output a 1680x1050x24-bit signal. On the plus side, it would never flicker while switching resolutions...

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