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[7]: freedom
by Darkmage on Tue 7th Nov 2017 23:21 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: freedom"
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GPL Code is the only code that is ethical. Anything else subverts end user rights and freedoms for developer control. It's not worth running closed source code. Computing is too powerful to leave as closed source. Without open source control of humanity's information will eventually become closed off.

Edited 2017-11-07 23:22 UTC

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