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LinSpire LPhoto and LSongs: bring on the lawsuits!

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the not-much-loriginatility dept.

Linux 481

Sir Joltalot writes "Over at OSNews they're covering the newly-renamed LinSpire's LSongs and LPhoto apps. Take a look at those screenshots, and you'll notice a striking resemblence to Apple's iTunes and iPhoto. Take a look at this flash presentation and you'll see that LPhoto and iPhoto are almost exactly alike. They look like nifty apps, to be sure, but how long will they last? I would have thought LinSpire might have learned from the whole Lindows name fiasco..."

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Oh my.... (5, Funny)

ericdano (113424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915373)

Look at how ugly that interface is. Apple should sue just over that!

Re:Oh my.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915385)

Bollocks.

Re:Oh my.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915563)

This was funny! Come on Moderators!

meh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915378)

screw all these L words

Michael Robertson (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915389)

He woke up on the wrong side of the bed. He's supposed to hate Microsoft, not Apple.

Linux apps that are hopelessly derivative? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915391)

Say it isn't so!

Re:Linux apps that are hopelessly derivative? (2, Informative)

essreenim (647659) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915419)

Yeah its sad.
There's no GUI originality these days.. ..because people are so smart..ahem no.

Bu I doubt Apple care, it just assimilates more followers to adopt the MAc GUI paradigm...

There are (horrible) Gnome skins that look just like XP. I doubt M$ really care.

Not just interface. (1)

Trespass (225077) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915483)

The programs themselves. To me it seems like all OSS stuff is Dollar Store versions of commercial software.

Re:Not just interface. (1)

Original AIDS Monkey (315494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915548)

The same could be said about Linux itself.

Re:Not just interface. (1)

N1KO (13435) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915625)

Most of the oss stuff I use doesn't have a commercial version available to copy from. Although, i'll admit xmms is a terrible copy of winamp2... and there's nothing better available.

Re:Linux apps that are hopelessly derivative? (1)

OECD (639690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915502)

Parent has a valid point. Why should Linux apps slavishly imitate other UIs?

(And whoever modded parent 'offtopic'--I'll see you in meta-modding.)

Re:Linux apps that are hopelessly derivative? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915617)

I wish they would. The screenshot is butt-ugly. Please, if you're going to write user software, do your best and concentrate on the functionality, but then absolutely positively have someone else do the UI. Very few good coders are also good artists. Teamwork!

No bad publicity? (5, Insightful)

rpbailey1642 (766298) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915394)

Call me a cynic, but before this entire thing, I never gave Lindows/Linspire a second glance. Now, they've been in the top of the news here at Slashdot several times. Nothing like staying in the eyes of your target audience, I guess?

Re:No bad publicity? (5, Insightful)

Tore S B (711705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915481)

Ahem, their "target audience" does not read /.

Re:No bad publicity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915532)

Somehow I don't think Slashdot is a Lindows/Linspire target audience. The CEO, Michael Robertson, has a blind hatred for Microsoft. He seizes every availible opportunity, no matter how inappropriate, to take potshots at the company.

Well, son of a gun, I guess you have a point, after all.

Re:No bad publicity? (1)

Curly-Locks (772578) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915550)

Robertson deserves a lot of our thanks and a prize for enlivening our days, we need people like him to make life more fun and interesting. When the lawyers run the world, even the lawyers won't enjoy living in it.

How much is that publicity in the window? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915562)

This seems like a business method worth patenting. For a few hundred thousand in legal fees, which might not even need to be paid out.... How much free, world wide advertising during prime time news hours, and lets not leave out financial and technology segments in cable news networks. This is genious. Hey, our product is so similar to Microsofts Windows, and Apple's apps, but we're newer, cheaper and they're afraid, check us out? Screw slashdot. Small potatoes. They might get a front page spot on the Wall Street Journal and decent placement in every major news outlet depending on how helpful Apple aims to be.

My thoughts exactly (2, Insightful)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915626)

They couldn't buy the kind of publicity they've been getting. Gradually caving to the big guys, changing their name and in the news *every* time the situation changes even a little bit. All for the cost of a few defensive lawyers.

Re:No bad publicity? (1)

gunfinger (729227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915658)

my sentiments exactly, rpbailey1642. the same goes with the SCO coverage, it's a love-hate relationship. i can't get enough of it cuz i want to see the ****ers put away and have the geeks win, but at the same time you have to wonder how all the extra traffic a company get's when there's bad news, encourages them to do more bad things.

it's like children who get more attention when they do bad things, if they like the attention, they learn very quickly that they can do bad things and they'll get loads of attention, punishment be damned.

what responsibility (and yes, i think it should be) should slashdot play in not encouraging the bad behaviour? or is it too presumptuous to assume that slashdot's effect is THAT big?

Music formats: (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915399)

Found in the newsletter published by Linspire:
It also brings cross media format support to Linux by playing MP3, Ogg, Windows Media, QuickTime and Real media, ensuring that Linux users can play the most popular formats they might encounter on the Internet.

Let us wait and see.

Re:Music formats: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915478)

I don't need an lsongthingy for that, xine and mplayer do this already.

Re:Music formats: (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915486)

*cough* MPlayer *cough*

they didn't even try to be sneaky (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915400)

I am suprised, they didn't even try to be sneaky about it. I mean they could have at lest come up with sneaky names.

All though, they say any press is good press.

Re:they didn't even try to be sneaky (1)

avisdream (770669) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915446)

It is rather blatant...although they did capitalize the L's...what more do you want???

Re:they didn't even try to be sneaky (4, Interesting)

jdwest (760759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915514)

No. It's blatant. All the way down to Apple's corporate identity typeface (Garamond Condensed) to brand it.

Linspire Homepage (4, Interesting)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915630)

They really don't try to hide it. The linspire [linspire.com] site looks a lot like the apple [apple.com] site.

LSongs? (4, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915404)

LSongs has precisely 2 letters in common iTunes. Have Apple now trademarked 'n' and 's', or is this supposed to infringe their existing patent on 'bAd pUnctuation' and 'rAndom cApitalisation'?

Re:LSongs? (-1, Troll)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915444)

no but we have already seen that Apple has decided that what they did to Xerox in the past won't happen to them now...

They don't allow their UI to go anywhere except their machines (being that they forced an X theme out of existence.

I assume that's what they are talking about here.

Re:LSongs? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915480)

You are the biggest RETARD on Slashdot - consistently.

Re:LSongs? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915545)

considering that you are posting with the Anonymous Coward account, I would venture to say that "you" are the biggest RETARD on Slashdot - consistently.

Re:LSongs? (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915448)

"LSongs has precisely 2 letters in common iTunes. Have Apple now trademarked 'n' and 's', or is this supposed to infringe their existing patent on 'bAd pUnctuation' and 'rAndom cApitalisation'?"

I don't believe the name is the real issue they would have. It's using the same funcationality, look and feel. Although, this may not be an issue. Look at M$ office... there is openoffice, staroffice, wordperfect and more that all have a very similar look, feel and functionality.

If apple does go after this though it could set a precident that other companies like M$ might use.

Re:LSongs? (1, Informative)

N1KO (13435) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915543)

Apple already lost a lawsuit over look and feel, setting a precedent that makes it safe for openoffice to look like ms office.

Re:LSongs? (4, Funny)

mithras the prophet (579978) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915484)

I'm pretty sure Apple acquired the "random capitalization" patent when it bought NeXT Computers and their NeXTStep technology...

LayFair? (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915409)

Is the Lmusic module protected by FairLay DRM? How long before the LayFair lawsuits and LPods?

Re:LayFair? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915663)

I want dis here Linspire thing -- it says I'm gonna getta FairLay!

Angering the behemoth (3, Funny)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915415)

So now after angering MS, they are waking up the undead lawyers from Apple?

I wish them the best of luck, they'll need it.

FAGGOTS DIE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915417)

stupid hoes

Re:FAGGOTS DIE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915464)

:tard:

You can have your iPhoto (3, Insightful)

beefstu01 (520880) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915420)

But LTunes looks almost nothing like iTunes. Can somebody show me the similarity, other than the large song display? LPhoto does look very much like iPhoto... I just wonder if it has the same functionality.

Re:You can have your iPhoto (2, Funny)

jaaron (551839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915506)

Can somebody show me the similarity, other than the large song display?

That little eye in the corner (is that what it is?) kinda looks like the button in the top right hand corner of iTunes. Kinda. If you squint.

Actually that eye is kinda creepy. And the general app doesn't look anywhere near as slick as iTunes. And what's with the letter "L"? Now it sounds Spanish: "I have me el tunes and el photo..."

Re:You can have your iPhoto (1)

moongha (179616) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915511)

Look again. Now mentally shift all the stuff at the bottom of the window to the top (except the bottom row of buttons). Now do you see?

Honestly, I'm all for free software and I love iTunes but this is taking the piss...

Re:You can have your iPhoto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915522)

Yea this entire thing is a non-issue. It took the idea of an interface to be simplistic and highly functional from iTunes, which was the way things should have been way before itunes even existed. There won't be any lawsuits here. You can't sue something for being useable.

LSongs/iTunes similarities (4, Informative)

NiKnight3 (532580) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915623)

  • File/Edit/Controls/Visualizer/Advanced menu system
  • "Source" title on playlist/library listing on left
  • Expandable browsing area
  • Column view of browsing
  • Checkboxes on playlist
  • Play icon in playlist in same position
  • "Selected song" caption for album art and same positioning
  • Add/shuffle/repeat/album art toggle buttons in same location
  • Equalizer/visualizer/eject buttons in same location
  • Play controls / now playing / search / browse in same position, only at bottom of screen
  • Exact same play position marker
Nope, no similiarities here. Of course, I wonder if...
  • Inconsistent interface
  • Unintuitive placement of play / search controls
...makes up for it.

looks good to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915421)

looks good to me. They wont get sued because Linux is free and so are these apps.... :)

Re:looks good to me (1)

emo boy (586277) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915641)

And people giving away mp3's won't be sued because they're not making money off of it. Right...

Look & Feel (5, Interesting)

killmenow (184444) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915428)

I thought the whole debate over "Look & Feel" was resolved. I thought you couldn't patent, trademark, or copyright "Look & Feel". It certainly can't be a trade secret. What's there left to sue over? Am I wrong?

Re:Look & Feel (1)

optimus2861 (760680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915566)

Well, we all know Apple lost their copyright suit against Microsoft for "look and feel", so any copyright suit Apple would file would surely be a dead end.

I don't think you can trademark a GUI. The name of it, yes, the logo of it, yes, but not the GUI itself. Probably also a dead end.

But patents? If Apple filed for any iTunes/iPhoto-related user-interface patents (and we know they've filed for a patent on the iPod UI, so it's definitely possible), they've probably got a hammer they can drop.

(Insert standard /. anti-software-patent-rant here.)

Re:Look & Feel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915584)

Java programmers: important to note that in JVMs, the Windows "Look and Feel" is only availible on Windows, and the Apple only on Apples. They cite copyright reasons.

Re:Look & Feel (1)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915632)

I wonder if there's ever been a debate over GNU copying the "look and feel" of UNIX command-based tools?

How about the "look and feel" of ls or even bash?

How ridiculous.

Look like crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915430)

This looks like crap compared to iTunes.

but unlike iTunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915458)

But, unlike iTunes, you don't have to get hard-to-find slower hardware that is typically double-priced, just to run it.

Re:but unlike iTunes (2, Insightful)

moongha (179616) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915531)

Are you talking about x86 or PPC here, since iTunes runs on both.

Re:but unlike iTunes (1)

LoboRojo (758260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915636)

I guess you knew iTunes is available for Windows, didn't you?
Oh, yes, you did....

Re:Look like crap (1, Funny)

javatips (66293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915596)

Yup and iTune looks like crap compared to Winamp.

Re:Look like crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915614)

That's why everyone has dumped Winamp for iTunes...

Everyone uses iTunes now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915652)

"That's why everyone has dumped Winamp for iTunes..."

Yes, just like no-one uses PCs anymore (most machines are Apple Macintosh now). And have you looked at the roads lately? Everyone is driving Isuzu (no more Big 3, Honda, or Toyota). Dr Pepper? That is now outselling Coke 5 to 1. I'm sure glad that Sony Betamax has finally wiped VHS out as well.

Sufficiently different? (1)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915435)

I don't know, it seems to me like these are different enough to not get hit with lawsuits. At least the music one, i don't know about the photo one. I mean the layouts are similar, but that's to be expected

Re:Sufficiently different? (1)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915564)

"i don't know about the photo one. I mean the layouts are similar, but that's to be expected"

There's nothing similar about it, it looks nearly IDENTICAL.

Here's a screenshot of iPhoto [slashdot.org] to compare.

Re:Sufficiently different? (1)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915627)

How that URL got screwed up I'll never know...

Here: iPhoto [mac.com] .

Asking For trouble (1)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915441)

I doubt apple would care a whole lot, they would take it as a complment to their awesome design technique, but with another naming fiasco, I can't see this kind of abuse lasting long. I'm all for the linux revolution, but not if we have to trick users into using it with identical GUIs and naming systems.

and the CLI looks like somebsd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915442)

Why does it matter what the application looks like, as long as the code is clean it doesnt matter.

Before the movie even loaded... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915443)

Did anyone notice the font looked strangly similar to Apple's 'trademark' font?

Lindows CEO (5, Funny)

Bazman (4849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915445)

Should change his name to Gill Bates or Job Stevens...

Re:Lindows CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915546)

Don't know why parent was modded troll, I found it quite funny, and insightful..

Re:Lindows CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915555)

Why is this a troll? It's funny guys - laugh...

FUNNY! MOD PARENT UP! (-1, Redundant)

unborn (415272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915603)

This is funny!

Ahhhhllll (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915447)

I love the smell of a burning server in the morning.

(seriouly folks... Linking a flash? How long do you think the server will last??)

He got the word through (5, Interesting)

lennart78 (515598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915449)

MR has done this before, and now everyone knows the Lindows OS (now to be referred to as LinSpire).

He's pulling the same stunt again.
It's an ingenious move. Look at what he has accomplished. Every /.-reader now knows that he has these 2 apps out. And as soon as Steve Jobs realises it, and sues MR/LinSpire, all the WORLD will know, because the news will be covered at every Magazine/E-zine with an Internet section.

By the time he changes the layout of those apps, a lot of people will have tried it out. Voila, instant market-share, no costs but a simple layout-redesign (which is probably resting on the shelfs as we speak).

Uh.... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915451)

what's so bad about that?

"Hey guys, look, OpenOffice.org looks almost identical to Microsoft Word! Guess they're getting a big lawsuit!"

Just because a product emulates a look and feel doesn't mean it's BAD does it? Since when was there a patent on a GUI?

Sure, I can see the system MacOS being patented (Aqua) but, not the interface for a frickin' photo management system... There's only so many ways you can make a good product!

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

Re:Uh.... (1)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915597)

OpenOffice.org looks almost identical to Microsoft Word

Yeah, well it would if it could use more than nine fonts.

The iTunes interface is patented (4, Informative)

zsazsa (141679) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915642)

Just because a product emulates a look and feel doesn't mean it's BAD does it? Since when was there a patent on a GUI?

Ever since Apple got US patent number 2002089529 [espacenet.com] , titled Media Player Interface. Look at the drawings -- that's iTunes. That probably also explains why LSongs has the player controlls at the bottom of the screen.

In other news... (3, Funny)

Tore S B (711705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915459)

Lindows Inc. announced the opening of a wholly owned subsidiary, named Lapple.
Its flagship product, the iLMLaLc, will be released April 30th.
The CEO of Lapple, Lsteve Ljobs, have been quoted as saying "We really don't understand all this fuss about ripping off names! Macintosh and Apple are both names that have seen extensive use before Apple Inc, and their claims are foundless."

Nice (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915461)

Posting direct links to half a meg of images and a flash movie. Nice. As if Linspire don't have enough problems.

not that similar... (2, Insightful)

pertinax18 (569045) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915469)

Sure they look very similar, but not that similar. Firefox and IE look more similar than iTunes and LSong but I don't see people saying mozilla.org will be sued. If Linspire had named them iLPhoto and iLTunes then maybe there would be an issue with the name but I kind of doubt Apple would sue them just because they look somewhat similar. There are hundreds of free and open source software products that look very similar to commercial software but that is just the nature of the game. As long as they don't copy the blatently (i.e. Lindows) then they should be in the clear.

LSongs and LPhoto? (1)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915472)

At least they could have named them something difrent...they can look and feel similar like XMMS and winamp but calling it is that is like asking for a lawsuite.

Ugly, but identical, wins the race? (3, Informative)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915487)

Wow. I've heard imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but it's hard to find anything flattering in those screenshots.

All ugliness aside, they will be lucky not to get sued by Apple. But I doubt anyone will be confusing these for their Macintosh counterparts.

Granted, Linux could certainly use more entry level apps that are attractive enough to bring in the common home users, but these apps are definitely not going to cut it.

Bad Rap for Linux (2, Insightful)

gregduffy (766013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915491)

It seems to me all of this hubbub created by Linspire is only creating a bad rap for Linux by inviting constant litigation and controversy.

Yeah, it's still publicity, but when do they cross the line to just pissing everyone off?

Or will everyone just keep agreeing with these guerilla tactics because they "hate Microsoft"? Idiots.

imitators... (4, Interesting)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915492)

i'm kinda sick of hearing about Lindows/Linspire. why can't these guys come up with their own original ideas instead of stealing others'? there's way too much of this going on in the Linux community, and these guys make it look like that's all Linux is- a pale imitation of the other OSes...

I am not really in favor of GUI lawsuits... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915503)

... but these guys are asking for it. They should rename themselves from "Linspire" to "Linripoff". It's a sad state of affairs when one company (Apple) actually brings something innovative and functioning, and everybody else just copies it. It just sucks. Steve Jobs should sic his cannibal mutant zombie lawyers on Linspire.

Re:I am not really in favor of GUI lawsuits... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915598)

You're stupid.

what about xPde ? (4, Insightful)

swapsn (701280) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915508)

Well, xPde [xpde.com] look and feel is similar to XP, but I have not heard of Microsoft going after them...

Cease and Desist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915515)

Looks like Linspire forgot to change most of thier site from Lindows, which is in clear violation of the lawsuit agreement which means that Microsoft can now sue their asses even more.Bring it on MS, shut these lame asses down. If you want to see a part of why there in violation check out (http://www.linspire.com/lindows_products_screensh ots_beginning.php) and if you look at that can you explain the terrible english being used.

ROTFLMAO

Some new L products (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915518)

Linspire, I'd like you to meet Lawyer, Lawsuit, Layoffs, and finally Languish.

Look l' Leel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915527)

Apple learned (hopefully) a long time ago that Look and Feel are fair play. Of course, if I wanted to buck legal precedent, I'd choose to sink my fangs into the green flesh of OSS. And in so doing, alienate most of my fan base. (Yes, it is a fan base with Apple.)

The only news in this story is the insinuation of lawsuit. What is this, wonkette [slashdot.org] ?

LinCajones? (1)

NoahsMyBro (569357) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915537)

Man, I've got to hand it to the guys running this company! I haven't used the product, haven't even read the article this time, but from Lindows to this -- these guys have serious balls!

Re:LinCajones? (1)

NoahsMyBro (569357) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915659)

Just to clarify - I admittedly haven't read the article about Linspire this morning, but prior to my initial post I DID look at the screenshot of LSongs.

Ugly! (1)

Mr804 (12397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915538)

Dude. Iphoto and itunes look pretty good. That crap looks like total ass. They couldn't pass it for itunes/iphoto on a bad day.

Yes, Cocoa and Quartz Are Amazing (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915547)

But re-implementing Cocoa apps in whatever retarded toolkit they are using is a rather wasteful and round about way of demonstrating it.

I hope it's not deliberatly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915549)

that Linspire gives linux and the whole open source idea/community a bad name...

Think of all the people shopping at Walmart seeing this as 'linux'...

Looks Bad (5, Insightful)

DaleP (560269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915558)

It's amazing how similar the apps are, and yet LTunes still manages to look pants in comparison to iTunes. All this despite having almost exactly the same set of controls on the screen. There's more to this design business than you think.

Wow (2, Funny)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915560)

50 comments and nobody is bitchgriping about Macromedia Flash, the state-of-the-art Internet multimedia platform.

There should have been at least one thread about "why can't we just go back to gopher and list elements again?" or "what's wrong with 8-bit GIFs?"

Amazing.

Macromedia FLASH sucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915590)

Macromedia flash sucks. Slow advertisements ad nothing to the internet experience. It also violates browser settings: you set the browser to "no noises at all" but Flash ignores this and screams and beeps. Finally, it is almost viral; they've made it very hard to remove and turn off.

geez (2, Interesting)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915567)

These might be Apple iApps ripoffs, but looking at those screenshots, I don't think Apple has anything to worry about. Not only do those screenshots look pretty lame, do they have Rendezvous sharing, a music store, book creation on demand, export to movie, etc?

Show me your Garageband or iMovie clone and I'll start paying attention.

Expect a Letter, But It's Just a Bow Shot (2, Interesting)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915577)

Apple's legal team might sue, but almost certainly send a letter of cease-and-desist of look-and-feel of the product.

Why would Apple care, especially since these apps work only on Linux boxes? (Assuming that this stuff compiles only for x86 and not PPC Linux distros...)

Because Apple must always show aggressive protection of their products' trade and servicemarks as well as their look and feel. While the resemblance to iPhoto and iTunes is mostly there, it's not something that Apple would win, IMO.

A suit or intimidating letter only creates history that courts can use (through Apple's attorneys) to keep Apple's products defined as a specific item or service, and reduce the chance of genericization.

Advertisement through litigation? (1)

motorsabbath (243336) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915578)

Not to take sides, but this is just stupid. That, and it shows a lack of creativity on their side. I guess some people see constant litigation as cheap advertisement....

LTunes (2, Insightful)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915592)

Could could say that LTunes looks like WinAmps Music Library as well.

Jaysyn

Hmm... (1)

AvoidTheNoid (772246) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915600)

I Lthink that they Lwent a Llittle Loverboard.

troolkore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8915608)

not going home I have a life to [Mit.edu] found Jesus Up The a sad world. At Fucking market

does someone need glasses? (2, Informative)

Hallow (2706) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915611)

If you took a look at the screenshots, you'd see they don't really look much like iTunes [apple.com] and iPhoto [apple.com] . If you think they do, you might want to get your eyes checked. The functionality may be similar but the styling and quality of the ui between the apps is worlds apart. The L-apps look like crap, IMHO.

Saves money... (1)

m1chael (636773) | more than 10 years ago | (#8915638)

On Userability studies if your goals are the same as those of the Apple Corporation. If of course these are similar to the interfaces of the equivalent Apple Corporation applications.

If they are saving money, good for them.
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