Tuesday, May 03, 2005

On Internationalization

For some time I'm working on/experimenting with MR internationalization. It is complex task since MR is build on top of various components and I need to integrate them properly.

Despite the fact that I'm Czech (written form of our language uses diacritics) I was encouraged to implement internationalization support by Japanese MR user Molnar Pal aka Patya.

There are still some glitches, but you may check the first screenshot with English, Hungarian and Japanese sent to me:

Thank you Patya!


Sunday, May 01, 2005

EU: Software Patents

If you are EU citizen, then you probably know that software patent related directives are currently processed by European commision. It's obvious that software patens are bad, that they threaten open software, obstruct computer science & SW evolution and are abused to make money. Please read more at NoSoftwarePatents.com.

Also MindRaider can be threatened - for example by the United States Patent 6,031,537 on Graphical Interface for Linked Information. Just the short quote from the press release:

"... Its issuance creates a significant barrier to entry for companies considering developing similar technology and solidifies TheBrain.com's position as the leading provider of visual information environments..."

It is typical example of the broadly defined patent that describes something that is being used for example in SW/AI area for decades. If applied, it can be used to crush also wide range of amazing tools like Freemind.

Therefore say NO to the SW patents!

For more details on how you may help please read homepage of one of the most popular open source applications - MPlayer that is being developed by hungarian Alex Beregszaszi.