Openmoko keyboard mockup

Ian darkstarsword at
Wed Jan 7 16:31:34 CET 2009

> i'd rather not. 1. trollt.. err.. nokia deserve thanks for the core inspiration
> and initial work on their one - i didn't know how the code worked until later
> but i nutted out how it probably should work just by poking at it. so if anyone
> deserves a patent - it's them. 2. i'd rather this be well publicised and "out
> there" code in the public eye - so the idea is widespread and well known - thus
> serves as prior art pretty much making it impossible for someone to come along
> and patent the idea and make things a pain. get the ideas out there in code -
> in the public eye with a trail of history so it's available for everyone to see
> and use. if someone implements a better kbd but steals the same idea - i'm
> sticking my thumbs up going "good on-ya mate!" i want users and the community
> to benefit. 3. i fundamentally disagree with software patents - or at least the
> way they have been implemented. the vast majority i have seen are neither novel
> nor "non-obvious to someone skilled in the art". most are incredibly mundane
> straightforward things to "someone skilled in the art" and the system has been
> abused to further greed and misplace credit in the hands of those with more
> lawyers, not those who innovate the most or the best. be that as it may - the
> system is there and we are stuck with it. i'm not a crusader trying to bring it
> down - i don't have the time. got code to write and ideas to make happen :) but
> i hope in my little way i can shake my fist at the system and go "here... prior
> art. take that!". i'll let others fight the good fight in trying to reform the
> patent system. i'm just rattling my chains and moaning in my corner...
> 'brains! brains! braiiiiiins! need moooooore braaaaaaaaains!' :)

Raster... you are my new hero. It's not the first time I've heard this
kind of argument (Andrew Tridgell made a very similar argument at a
CLUG meeting some time ago) and I completely agree with you.

Good work on the keyboard,

On the day *I* go to work for Microsoft, faint oinking sounds will be
heard from far overhead, the moon will not merely turn blue but
develop polkadots, and hell will freeze over so solid the brimstone
will go superconductive.
     -- Erik Raymond, 2005
Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.

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