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: freedom
by Alfman on Tue 7th Nov 2017 16:15 UTC in reply to "freedom"
Alfman
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Serafean,

"Berkeley license provides the maximum amount of freedom to potential users" While that may be true, it does nothing to protect freedoms transitively (Intel's users in this case). As we can see with this story, the end result was a reduction of the end user's freedom to use/trust his computing device.


This is very insightful. While beneficial to Intel, it can be less friendly towards end users who have fewer rights than if it had been something like GPL.

In this case though Intel was probably window shopping for a license that gave it all the rights. If MINIX were GPL, they'd have chosen something else.

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