[Linux-aus] Projects killed by Patents

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Tue Aug 9 23:59:01 UTC 2005

<quote who="Jared Woodbridge">

> On 8/9/05, Jeff Waugh <jdub at perkypants.org> wrote:
> > For instance, GNOME cannot implement spring-loaded folders [1] in
> > Nautilus because Apple has a patent on it. This makes me cry deep inside
> > sometimes.
> But KDE has that, so why are they allowed? Have Apple just not talked to
> them about not doing it yet?

KDE tend to be less protective of their distributor's interests than GNOME,
particularly when it comes to legal issues (a behaviour which dates back all
the way to being based on Qt when it wasn't free).

- Jeff

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