Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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The 90s never left
by thesunnyk on Mon 17th Sep 2012 00:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by stabbyjones"
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The nineties never left. While the plethora of Apache / BSD style licenses have made life much better for developers, at the level of consumers you really need the GPL to improve the situation, and you need the demand to really come from the consumer. For various reasons, the GPL is not so popular, while BSD style licenses have gained and maintain traction -- because developers demand that sort of thing but users don't.

This basically means that it's business as usual for companies, and despite the fact the Microsoft still run an all-proprietary stack, they have to work in this ecosystem. In the past this would've meant bewildered lashing out, but it is now far more calculated. Google have a far more open source stack, but they still use tricks to get hardware makers to dance to their tune (e.g. the Alibaba Android fork).

In any case, BSD-style software went from being something that blindsided companies to one that is now actively part of their "strategy", whatever that may entail (even if it means precluding use). Linux might be GPLed, but it sits in an ecosystem of BSD-style licenses. The situation will not improve until "customers" demand freedom.

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