Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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RE: Rip-offs are news worthy now?
by Soulbender on Sat 19th Jun 2010 09:49 UTC in reply to "Rip-offs are news worthy now?"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Copycats of other UI's don't really succeed.


Really? Both Windows and Apple has succeeded despite being copies (or "influenced", if you like) of other UI's.

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jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

Oh Really? What popular operating system did they copy from???

Certainly they have borrowed bits and pieces from here and there but nothing as wholesale and artistically bankrupt as we're seeing here.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Oh Really? What popular operating system did they copy from???

Copying or borrowing doesn't need to happen with something visual, it can be the lower-level parts. Like f.ex. Microsoft has grabbed lots of networking-related ideas and even code from IBM, Novell, BSD.. And how about the whole windowing idea? You didn't know that there were windowing systems even before Apple and Microsoft stepped on the stage? And that they both took lots of ideas from f.ex. Plan 9?

You really need to study computer and Operating System history a tad bit more if you think Microsoft and Apple were the first ones to invent all of their ideas.

Certainly they have borrowed bits and pieces from here and there but nothing as wholesale and artistically bankrupt as we're seeing here.

As I stated, not everything that is copied or adapted needs to even be visible at all. And yet still, go read f.ex. about Plan 9 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs and you might surprise yourself.

Now, having proved your point moot I'll go and introduce my own one: why does it matter that ideas are borrowed, copied and adapted to new systems or circumstances? Nothing in this world would be like it is now if that didn't happen because that's called progress; take something you find good and worth of implementing, and try and make it even better. Or do you really mean that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benz-velo.jpg should be the pinnacle of automobile development and no one should have ever taken the idea and improved on it?

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