A lawsuit waiting to happen?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CyberBob859, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
  2. BamaDMD macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2007
    Where its way too hot.
    Holy Crap!!!

    Is this a cheap rip off of Leopard or what? I've never heard of gOS. Is it linux based? Unix based? Windows hack? WTH.:mad:
  3. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    I don't sense any Look and Feel lawsuits based on that.
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  5. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    can you sue an open source project?

    and please, maybe some Linux developers should sue Apple for (FINALLY) incorporating Spaces (AKA Work Spaces) in their Mac OS X
  6. CyberBob859 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    But there are three elements to consider...

    There are three things here:

    1) the small, cube-like form factor

    2) the word "Mini" in the name of the product

    3) the interface, which features design elements from OS/X Leopard, including a three-dimensional dock, a background that resembles outer space, and a "fanning out" of icons.

    Previous incarnations of the gOS didn't look like this. It seems like Everex is deliberately trying to make a Mac Mini knock-off. Any one or two by itself probably wouldn't constitute "look and feel", but the more elements are put together....

    Remember, Apple is going after NYC because their logos look similar. What about a whole computer?
  7. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    I think they should sue Cooper while they're about it. ;)
  9. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    Says it all really, doesn't it!

    They can't really be sued over the shape of the computer, or the word 'Mini'...
  10. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    Holy crap. yes it DOES! Man, after seeing the screenshot with the leopard-esque dock, and then seeing the website, it looks like they are trying to emulate Leopard and OSX in general.

    And it's pretty blatant. The website is very much like Apple's website.
  11. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    From their site:

    Anirudh Acharya, Lead Interface Designer

    Anirudh is the creator and maintainer for the popular Ubuntu theme “Mac4Lin” that transforms the look and feel of a Linux OS to Mac OS X Leopard.
  12. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    what gave you that idea:p

    actually it looks like they are trying to emulate APPLE as a whole..which, there really isnt any law aginst
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    That's the first time that I've seen the gOS stacks clone.

    If it makes you feel better, gOS is fairly widely perceived as garbage in the Linux community...
  14. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It loads a lot faster than the Apple website though :)
  15. pugple macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    It actually is. Some poor misguided people might actually think those are Apple products because it's very similar both in name, look, and design which would detract from Apple sales. I'd say there could be some sort of legal implications involved if it ships like that. If it's just a custom gui people can grab, then no.

    Not legal advice blah blah.
  16. Senor360 macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2007

    Well.. it they're copying the os, the look of the hardware, and the look of the website, here is the look of their new logo. ;)

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  17. nout72 macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands

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  18. DeadPenguin macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2007
    First off the GOS dock is an absolute rip off. The GOS stack is an absolute rip off.
    But, as stated above Spaces is a direct rip off from Linux. I think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Apple devs please copy the Linux 3D rotating cube desktop soon! :)
    As far as GOS being garbage I think thats an unfair assessment. It Ubuntu based which in turn means its Debian based. The windows manager is Enlightenment DR17 which is one of the best wm's I have ever used. I always thought GOS was a "proof of concept" distro. I didn't think it would be much more than that.
    I don't see the point in getting this if I could get an Apple refurb for a similar price and actually have the mac dock and stacks without having to fake it.

    Here is a link to a GOS Space video on Youtube.

    If you need other things to whine about.
    Linux has also copied:
    1. Apples window effects. (They also have come up with some I like better)
    2. An Expose ripoff.
    3. Linux has copied your icons, but actually makes them easy to replace without having to purchase an app like Candybar.
    4. Linux has copied Mac's "Appearance" with many wallpapers - windows styles etc.
  19. DeadPenguin macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2007
    It is the same people that get confused by Hydrox cookies. If they are not smart enough to know its not an Oreo it is their problem.
  20. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    Who do you sue when the conflict is over an open source program? The writer I suppose.

    The opposite is impossible (Linux developers suing Apple). Because it's open source, ANYONE can use it, modify it, or come up with other ideas based on it. Plus Leopard is older than this, and it is REALLY hard to steal from something that doesn't exist yet. :)
  21. quest4apple macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2008
    I was okay with the product alone, but there web site is over the top. I would think Apple would at least issue a cease and diciest order or whatever it's called.
  22. CyberBob859 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
  23. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Individual elements may not be enough to sue, but the whole package is enough to warrant a lawsuit in this case. I'm not a fan of the whole sueing thing, but this is blatant, even if the company taking them to court owns billions.

    First step is to get them to remove the website.

    I imagine Apple's already been in touch.
  24. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Well, there you go.

    Also, anyone notice a resemblance?

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  25. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I don't believe it, why doesn't apple sue the apple fruit then?


    gOS rips off leopard? what do you think leopard is? a stack+a dock? get real!

    Apple would have sued and stop gOS from ever appearing in the market! if apple has that patent.

    and guess what? they didn't. apple does ripping off all the time as well. In case you forgot.

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