Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:50 UTC
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Andrew S. Tanenbaum, creator of MINIX, has published an open letter to Intel regarding Intel's use of MINIX in the IME:

The only thing that would have been nice is that after the project had been finished and the chip deployed, that someone from Intel would have told me, just as a courtesy, that MINIX 3 was now probably the most widely used operating system in the world on x86 computers. That certainly wasn't required in any way, but I think it would have been polite to give me a heads up, that's all.

If nothing else, this bit of news reaffirms my view that the Berkeley license provides the maximum amount of freedom to potential users. If they want to publicize what they have done, fine. By all means, do so. If there are good reasons not to release the modified code, that's fine with me, too.

I can still barely believe this whole story.

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RE[4]: freedom
by ssokolow on Tue 7th Nov 2017 16:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
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That kind of "doing the right thing would be a lot of work for little to no improvement for the big guy" argument isn't a very convincing one, since it can just as easily be used to defend decisions we now all agree were wrong.

For example, refusing to switch away from a slave-based economy in the southern United States.

Edited 2017-11-07 16:07 UTC

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