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Re: [SLE] Re: Meta-discussion on the IP issues of GPUs and 3D -- 90+% of the Linux community is too ignorant for legal issues
  • From: Andy Goss <aegoss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 12:51:40 +1000
  • Message-id: <1148871100.3428.24.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 11:59 -0400, suse@xxxxxx wrote:
> Orn E. Hansen wrote:
> >
> > This battle started, the very day M$ screwed up IBM, and they've been
> > fighting to bury Unix ever since even by "taking" code from it, as well Linux
> > code. And as I stated earlier, the biggest idiocy the Linux community ever
> > did, was to embrace "Linux" instead of BSD, which they should have. As the
> > Linux code has a very questionable "Xenix" origin, which is basically a
> > MicroSoft/SCO original product.
>
> Excuse me? Linux was written from scratch. It had no connection to
> Xenix. Torvalds had no access to Xenix source code. You can track
> Linux's history from the consistent releases and patches posted directly
> to the internet. By going through the archive, you can literally watch
> how Linux was written.
>
> Moreover, Torvalds used Minix to compile the early builds of Linux, so
> you can't even take that angle...
>
> As to Linux instead of BSD, the license is a crucial difference. Anyone
> can steal BSD code. By forcing companies to put their own additions to
> Linux back into the pool, it vastly accelerated Linux development.
> Otherwise, no company would bother putting their work back into the
> community.
>
> Torvalds was also far more open and straightforward in dealing with
> people than BSD's developers, who tended to be rather insular, as most
> projects of the time were.
>
>
Also, at the time Torvalds was looking for a free *nix, BSD was bogged
in legal action by AT&T/Unix System Labs, and going nowhere.

Andy Goss


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