Yahoo has acquired software “widget” engine Konfabulator in a move to spur third-party developers to devise new applications for the Internet giant’s services. Yahoo plans to run the widgets via XML feeds.
Yahoo Acquires Konfabulator
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2005-07-27 7:14 pmAnonymous
Explain what is the use of Konfabulator. The Widgets either do not work (BBC and CBC tuner) or are miniscule and unreadable (Most calculators and clocks)
And now my question is, if this how this will affect Plasma?
this must be a cold shower for Plasma developers, cause now every desktop will have access to this, so the integration of Plasma in the next KDE wont be as atractive as before.
2005-07-25 5:35 pmrapont
But then again as Konfabulator is currently not available for Linux (it’s a Win2k/XP MacOSX program) surely it will encourage both KDE and GNOME to inovate and implement a cooler version.
Interestingly this is a bit difficult for Apple – Konfabulator used to be a solely Mac App – they only created the Win32 version when Apple announced widgets in OSX 10.4, so if they hadn’t have done that this takeover may not have taken place, as let’s face it – Yahoo are buying the technology to do this on Windows primarily.
2005-07-25 5:38 pmAnonymous
You are right, but they only need to port it to X, so porting it to it would make it available in every Linux/FreeBSD even OpenSlaris desktop, and I don’t see it that hard.
2005-07-26 10:37 amdonely
the thing about Apple should have bought the technology is dead on I think. This would have made the widget feature for OS X only for at least the next 6 months, maybe longer (not counting the kinda-like-konfabulator apps like Stardocks Desktop X)
2005-07-25 5:37 pmroguelazer
2005-07-25 5:39 pmAnonymous
I agree, but Plasma will integrated only with KDE, while this could be integrated to very X desktop, there I see its advantage.
2005-07-25 6:15 pmcr8dle2grave
This does seem like a natural fit, a content provider and a cool delivery method.
I just hope they do allow third parties (and competitors) to use it also.
I wish it was google who bought them though
This is great news and a really good idea. I installed it on both computers here this morning. Obviously Google are looking down the Mozilla route and Ask Jeeves have said they’re considering that too. Yahoo are also increasing support for alternative browsers and now they adopt Konfabulator which, I’m sure, will spur Google on to doing greater things with the Mozilla platform.
Which leaves ….. MSN – late to the party again! Oh, that’s right, they’ve got the patent laden Avalon & Indigo for true multi-platform friendliness. Hoorah!!!!
What will google do….
They will acquire Kapsules (http://kapsules.shellscape.org) i bet.
2005-07-25 6:09 pmAnonymous
or maybe they’ll acquire avedesk, samurize, dotwidget, rainmeter, @zePod or any other of the great widget engines currently availible
2005-07-25 6:16 pmAnonymous
forgot the urls
more info on the skinwiki http://www.skinyourscreen.com/skinwiki/index.php/Category:Widgets and http://www.blizzle.com/
….with loads of widgets available.
2005-07-26 10:30 amAnonymous
based on .NET? (always in beta stage)…….i think i’ll pass 🙂
Yahoo are also increasing support for alternative browsers and now they adopt Konfabulator….
I disagree. Parts of Yahoo are still broken in Opera. Everything used to work fine til they started redesigning to use more CSS.
I hope the “clones” that pop-up from Yahoo’s new business strategy don’t just buy applications like Kapsules and the like.
No offense, but they’re pretty weak and don’t offer anything new or interesting.
It might lead to better applications of competitors started from scratch with their widget engines.
Wonder if there will be a linux version. Because personally some of the widget software I’ve seen for linux blows. (read gdesklets)
I use samurize [ http://www.samurize.com/ ], does the same, uses a lot less resources (4mb here) and has a great editor.
2005-07-26 10:39 amdonely
konfabulator uses only around 6MB on my machine (with about 10 widgets loaded).
That would be great, imagin, the same widgets in Linux, Mac and Windows.
…..the same widgets in FreeBSD, Mac and Windows. Yahoo is a FreeBSD shop.
This is great news. I really enjoyed trying it out when it wasn’t free, and will now definitely be putting it on every machine I have.
Very handy tools!