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[6]: freedom
by ssokolow on Tue 7th Nov 2017 17:45 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: freedom"
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Open source is not inherently right, and closed source is not inherently wrong. No-one is getting physically or mentally hurt from the license a piece of software is released under. blanket pooh-poohing of closed source is analogous to aparthied and the racism experience in America in the mid 20th century, and i think you should be ashamed of yourself. All 0's and 1's should be treated equally, regardless of their license!

However, it is morally right to not artificially maximize the effects of planned obsolescence in technology which could otherwise be maintained and repaired to reduce the amount of pollution and wasted energy involved in recycling or landfilling the artificially obsolete stuff. (Especially given the pressure we're putting on the environment as countries like China and India industrialize.)

While arguments can be made for non-driver code, when you're talking about drivers, there's a very good reason that "a car with its hood welded closed" has been the metaphor widely used by Free Software proponents to describe closed-source software for decades.

(Sort of like how we're seeing more effort to spread this technique back out to hardware that was formerly reusable and/or user-serviceable, as with putting lockdown chips in print cartridges and John Deere using copyright law to sue farmers who repair their own tractors.)

Edited 2017-11-07 17:51 UTC

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