Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:50 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

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 Vanders on Tue 7th Nov 2017 19:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
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If I'm a competitor and I want to discover how your Super Secret Driver works, get this: I can decompile & reverse engineer your driver.

Most hardware is so ridiculously simple at the driver interface anyway that me knowing which registers control a ring buffer is hardly going to clue me in to any trade secrets.

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