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Motif relicensed

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 25, 2012 15:53 UTC (Thu) by leandro (guest, #1460)
Parent article: Motif relicensed

Back in ðe day, ðis could have prevented ðe KDE‐Qt licenſiŋ ſhenanigans & ðe need to create Gnome. Preſumably, it ƿould alſo avoided a ſeparate deſktop by Canonical. Noƿ, ¿is it ſtill relevant to anyone but Solaris uſers?


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Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 25, 2012 16:42 UTC (Thu) by ledow (guest, #11753) [Link]

One question:

Why do that to your text?

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 25, 2012 19:21 UTC (Thu) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054) [Link]

Presumably leandro is a holdover from a much earlier era, much like Motif itself.

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 26, 2012 21:34 UTC (Fri) by jond (subscriber, #37669) [Link]

My advice: if the writer makes the reader's life unnecessarily difficult, simply don't read.

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 27, 2012 9:20 UTC (Sat) by paulj (subscriber, #341) [Link]

He wants everyone to ignore him, I guess. At least, that's the effect.

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 25, 2012 18:23 UTC (Thu) by thyrsus (subscriber, #21004) [Link]

The Citrix client, and thus my employer (who requires me to use their Citrix servers), insist on it.

Motif relicensed

Posted Oct 26, 2012 5:09 UTC (Fri) by jensend (guest, #1385) [Link]

It's true that if Motif and CDE had been opened in 1996 at the formation of the ironically-named Open Group, a lot of the desktop and toolkit wars could have been avoided. In the form they had then - which ossified and therefore is still basically the form they have today - they wouldn't have sufficed for long, but with the momentum and market presence they had then, they would surely have seen rapid improvement as open-source projects.

Even more radically, if Motif and CDE had been open-sourced in 1994, I think the world would be a drastically different place now.

Imagine copies of 4.4BSD-Lite (or Linux 1.1 + GNU userland) with Motif, CDE, and all the old unixy X11 stuff being available for free a year before Win95 and two years before NT4. (NT4 was the first version of Windows a lot of workstation people took seriously.) Lots of major commercial software vendors already had Motif versions that were more polished than their Windows versions all the way until c. 1998.

With free Unices running on commodity hardware with the leading workstation-class desktop and open source development momentum, the huge workstation marketshare shift from Unix to Windows might never have happened.

Motif repronounced

Posted Oct 30, 2012 14:28 UTC (Tue) by coriordan (guest, #7544) [Link]

Is that the output of some speech-to-text software that with a few glitches or is there a Motif pronunciation pun that I don't know?

Motif repronounced

Posted Oct 30, 2012 14:52 UTC (Tue) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784) [Link]

No, it's the output of leandro's conscious decision to use obsolete-in-Modern-English letters in his Modern English prose.


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