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    Phoronix: Linux Begins To Support Windows 8 Multi-Touch

    The Linux 3.8 kernel is beginning work on supporting Microsoft's Windows 8 multi-touch protocol...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI1MTU

  • #2
    Wow

    3.8 looks like it's going to be a great release! And all the next major distros will be using it. Exciting stuff..

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    • #3
      Learn from the best, huh?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cthulhux View Post
        Learn from the best, huh?
        Possibly. There's nothing wrong with a microsoft protocol or technology becoming a standard if it really is a good system for doing it. Its a very brief summary but just reading michael's article it seems like a reasonable, relatively simple system to handle multi-touch *shrugs*

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cthulhux View Post
          Learn from the best, huh?
          while linux is great, in 20 years it had absolutely zero innovative ideas in multimedia. everything from WIMP to gpu acceleration to composting to multitouch were copied from proprietary platforms. just look at kde 1 and gnome 1.
          http://www.linuxinsight.com/gnome-de...years-old.html
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Desktop_Environment_1

          both are essentially mac os 8 and windows 95 knockoffs. i laughed a bit when both gnome and canonical tried to copy lion's full screen mode just to stay hip. behind the moralistic rhetoric free software is just a Chinese Gucci bag on a soapbox.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by garegin View Post
            while linux is great, in 20 years it had absolutely zero innovative ideas in multimedia. everything from WIMP to gpu acceleration to composting to multitouch were copied from proprietary platforms.
            Right, because all the proprietary platforms simultaneously and independently came up with things like gpu acceleration and compositing and only linux copied. It is the same with every innovations: one system comes up with it, and the rest copy.

            Originally posted by garegin View Post
            both are essentially mac os 8 and windows 95 knockoffs.
            Right, they both are simultaneously knock-offs of two completely different desktop environments. Except of course for all the things they have that neither of those had at the time, and some they never had, such such as virtual desktops, multiple panels, additional panel content, etc. And that ignores all the stuff that has come since, such as

            Originally posted by garegin View Post
            i laughed a bit when both gnome and canonical tried to copy lion's full screen mode just to stay hip.
            Right, its not like apple ever copied Linux *cough*virtualdesktops*cough*

            And don't forget all the software stacks that were originally developed for Linux and Apple later incorporated into Mac Os X, such as cups and webkit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
              Right, because all the proprietary platforms simultaneously and independently came up with things like gpu acceleration and compositing and only linux copied. It is the same with every innovations: one system comes up with it, and the rest copy.


              Right, they both are simultaneously knock-offs of two completely different desktop environments. Except of course for all the things they have that neither of those had at the time, and some they never had, such such as virtual desktops, multiple panels, additional panel content, etc. And that ignores all the stuff that has come since, such as


              Right, its not like apple ever copied Linux *cough*virtualdesktops*cough*

              And don't forget all the software stacks that were originally developed for Linux and Apple later incorporated into Mac Os X, such as cups and webkit.
              Virtual desktops did not original in Linux. Let's step back for a while. If you consider FreeBSD. How many innovations did they have in storage or networking and how many in multimedia? Do you see the patern. The win95 interface was at the time a breakthrough, gnome and kde were the me-too. Other than activities kde 4.8 everything else is a copy.

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              • #8
                Who cares where the ideas came from, our implementations are free and yay for the extra support/features. Though I have no idea what this is actually about (it's just another touch screen specification?). But I won't complain.

                Besides if anything apparently Microsoft probably took many a inspiration from KDE for Win 7 and the likes, but KDE is far more powerful and feature packed than the Windows shell, though its almost too customizable for some.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by garegin View Post
                  while linux is great, in 20 years it had absolutely zero innovative ideas in multimedia. everything from WIMP to gpu acceleration to composting to multitouch were copied from proprietary platforms.
                  Linux had ideas. But no hardware vendor ever showed interest, because it would be a waste of money (since people use Windows, not Linux.) Over the years, countless email has been sent to various vendors on how to do things better in new ways. But if you don't have the market share, you get ignored. No matter what you come up with, vendors will not put their money behind it.

                  Take the various protocols in X.Org, for example. Like multitouch (http://www.x.org/wiki/Development/Do...ion/Multitouch). Yeah, let's go to hardware vendors with that and ask them to make devices that implement it.

                  Are you serious? Microsoft can do this. It's where the money is. How on earth do you expect Linux to do this?
                  Last edited by RealNC; 12-14-2012, 05:25 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Is it needed to be able to use win8 certified touch screens.
                    The small patches is to comply with how win8 certified touch screens handles things.
                    https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/1650301/
                    https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/1650321/
                    https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/1711631/

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, all the complaining over the past few years about KDE and Gnome trying new things (justified or not) shows that nothing new or unique ever came out of free software...

                      It shocks me that Windows still does not have virtual desktops though, wherever the idea came from.

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