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    Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Am I the only one that thinks that Windows 8's Metro interface is basically the OLPC Sugar interface? Surely, I can't believe no one else has made this observation.
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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Not an Ubuntu support question; moved to Cafe.

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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    With about 6 milion OLPC's distributed since the program started, perhaps Microsoft is looking to get into the Developing Nation market. I've read stories about $3 Windows XP licenses on cheap notebooks to convice Education Ministers that Microsoft is the way to go. I would also not be surprised if there were payoffs to these same ministers to outfit schools with Microsoft-loaded computers. So yes Metro has some similarities to OLPC/Sugar interface--But you can't buy one for $100.
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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    I don't see it at all. I Googled it and didn't see anything that resembled Metro. Do you have any similar screen shots you could post?
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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Does Sugar still use the circular launcher doodad? If so, it's not like Win 8 at all.

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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Perhaps people have read my comment too literally. My point was that Windows has always "borrowed" from other other GUIs of the day.
    Windows 3.x borrowed from GEM before it.
    Windows 95/NT borrowed from Mac OS.
    Windows 8's Metro interface (not the Start menu/screen), the application interface borrows from Sugar's methodology.

    MS PaintPlay in 8: http://www.techaloud.com/wp-content/...pp-600x337.jpg (full article: http://www.techaloud.com/2011/09/win...in-depth-look/)
    Sugar Paint http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHRedFtOQ9w (0:35)
    No menu bars, overlapping windows, etc.

    Contextual hovering menu bars for applications.
    Sugar - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHRedFtOQ9w (1:09)
    Windows 8 - http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/201...o-printing.png (full article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57...-in-windows-8/)

    The exciting new/different features in Windows 8 have been around in an OS for years.
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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Win95 actually borrowed from KDE 1.0. Mac OS stole from Geoworks OS (Commodore 64 version), with Mac OS X being based on Enlightenment. Apple and Microsoft have a history of taking and stealing ideas.

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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    There are similarities between interfaces of operating systems as if they have been influenced by each other? Who would have thought...


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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Quote Originally Posted by ManamiVixen View Post
    Win95 actually borrowed from KDE 1.0. ... with Mac OS X being based on Enlightenment.
    What?

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    Re: Windows 8 Metro is OLPC Sugar

    Quote Originally Posted by ManamiVixen View Post
    Win95 actually borrowed from KDE 1.0.
    They had a time-machine and THAT is what they used it for?
    http://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-1.0.php

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