I guess since Apple borrowed some Linux technology in the form of Safari, it’s only fair that Linux borrows something from Apple, right? Well looks like the next version of KDE will be getting a dashboard of its own as it will be integrating a near copy of OS X’s Dashboard. Because of Safari’s KHTML use, it will make most Dashboard widgets on OS X compatible with KDE. The same may most likely hold true for KDE widgets back to OS X as well. There may be a widget or two that will not work on both systems due to system specific code; however, the ability to share the wealth on both platforms will be a nice addition for KDE and hopefully for Apple as coders on the KDE side start contributing to the widget community.
Will this mean a spread to other operating systems? Can’t say, but since Windows95 was a rip off of the original Mac OS, maybe. 🙂