Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2007 15:19 UTC, submitted by Jim Garrison
Linux "Development of OpenHAL, a wireless network component for Linux, can now resume unfettered after months of legal uncertainty. OpenHAL allows people with wireless cards based on technology from Atheros Communications, Inc. to connect to networks using solely free and open source software. Earlier this year, allegations were made that OpenHAL might include material that infringed the copyright of Atheros' proprietary HAL software. The Linux Wireless developers asked the Software Freedom Law Center to investigate these rumors, and SFLC agreed to help on a pro-bono basis."
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w00dst0ck
Member since:
2006-02-01

Indeed, GNU/Linux isn't the only free OS in town.

Edited 2007-07-31 18:07

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Indeed, GNU/Linux isn't the only free OS in town.
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I take issue with that.

Xorg/Apache/Samba/MySQL/Sun/PostgreSQL/GNU/Mozilla Corp/PSF/Linux is not the only free OS in town.

That's just an intermediate form of the logical conclusion of what happens when everyone tries to use the name of the current most popular free OS as a *BILLBOARD*.

It's ugly. Just like the proliferation of real billboards in the countryside is ugly.

It's true that Linux is just a kernel. It's debatable that the FSF is the top or second to top contributor to FOSS.

If we want to change the name of "Linux" the OS, GNU/Linux is absolutely the wrong way to go. Why not just come up with something catchy that does not favor anyone, or look like a big, ugly, freaking *BILLBOARD*.

Yes. I'm a bit off-topic and a bit over the top since even if we all came to an agreement here (fat chance!) the rest of the FOSS world would not know or care.

But it *would* be nice to do away with this whole tomato/tomahto/potato/potahto thing once and for all with something that we could all be happy with. (Famous last words!)

I hereby end my rant. And good day to you all... if you should choose to. If you would prefer to have a bad day, or some other kind of day, that's fine, too. Have fun. But only if you want to. ;-)

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w00dst0ck Member since:
2006-02-01

Ok, it was a generalization but I didn't and still don't see the point of being excessively specific. Hell I use FreeBSD.

If you must know I only put GNU/Linux because people always seem to have to restate the fact that Linux itself is just a kernel and not an OS... WHO FREAKIN CARES! We all know exactly what the person(s) are talking about.

I understand what you mean though, infact I originally put "Indeed, Linux isn't the only free OS in town." but as you notice I did edit it a second after and placed a GNU/ in there in hopes that people wouldn't get all stupid and specific on me... in all honesty being passionate about your OS of choice and then being overly picky about what its actually called drives me mad.

Heck, people refer to the various *BSD systems in so many different ways, but I never feel the need to correct them by stating "ummm excuse me but it's actually called FreeBSD, not FBSD, not FREEBSD, and definitely not FREE BSD..."

To each his or her own.

Back on topic now please. No more of this nonsense ;)

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