"Microsoft's plan to providing Windows XP (aka Whistler) with
interface themes (aka skins) may be knocked on the head by Apple,
which has patented desktop themes."
"The patent, granted on 13 February from an application made way
back in May 1998, covers "systems and methods for providing a user
with increased flexibility and control over the appearance and
behaviour of objects on a user interface are described."
"...We were interested to learn that Apple's original patent
application was made a mere eight days after well-established UI
enhancements-oriented Web site Themes.org was launched, on 25
April 1998. Themes.org - for those not in the know - provides
stacks of modified interface widgets for the main Linux GUI window
managers, including KDE, Enlightenment (Gnome's WM), WindowMaker,
AfterStep and Blackbox."
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