Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE[14]: rms was right- as usual
by silix on Fri 26th Nov 2010 13:54 UTC in reply to "RE[13]: rms was right- as usual"
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The vast bulk of discovery of software algorithms was done with the early mainframes. It was then that operating systems such as Unix and VMS were designed, as well as concepts like NUMA, SMP, sockets, protocols, compilers, high-level languages, hyperlinking, codecs, WIMP GUIs, mass storage hard disk filesystems, etc, etc, etc were invented.

Without the benefit of patents.
though important and fundamental, everything you mention belongs to the very basics of general purpose computing (or weren't even born around computing, like the hyperlink, much earlier in fact)
things that , while not obvious at the time they were born, can be rightfully taken for granted nowadays AD 2010 (nearly 2011) - and the fact they're (in some cases not entirely) unencumbered allows individual developers to, eg make their own hobby os without worry ...
but dont make the mistake to assume progress in the IT stopped with the creation of unix or maybe short after - if you just read some ACM transaction issues, you'd discover that from graphics to AI to HCI to whatever, there's a whole world of application fields where innovation hasnt stopped in the last 15 years - and even accelerates in some cases
just because something doesnt show in the shiny Unity gui, doesnt mean it doesnt exist...

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