Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Nov 2008 01:50 UTC, submitted by judgen
Legal "Federal district judge Dale A. Kimball has handed down the final judgment in the SCO case. The decision dismisses SCO's latest claims, grants declaratory relief to Novell, and sustains the court's previous judgment that SCO owes Novell over $2.54 million (plus interest) for unjust enrichment."
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RE[4]: serves them right
by Blackwizard on Wed 26th Nov 2008 01:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: serves them right"
Blackwizard
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Windows is certainly not copy of VMS.

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RE[5]: serves them right
by lemur2 on Wed 26th Nov 2008 02:05 in reply to "RE[4]: serves them right"
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2007-02-17

Windows is certainly not copy of VMS.


Probably a fair enough observation, to be sure. Windows NT design was certainly based on VMS ideas, though:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT#Development
"Microsoft hired a group of developers from Digital Equipment Corporation led by Dave Cutler to build Windows NT, and many elements of the design reflect earlier DEC experience with Cutler's VMS and RSX-11."

"Linux is certainly not a copy of UNIX".

Equally valid.

In fact the latter is more apparent and self-evident, because we can all inspect the source code of Linux and verify it to be so ... and many independent people early on in this whole farce in fact did an audit of Linux source versus UNIX, and found no infringement, so we have actual verification in the case of Linux that we do not have in the case of Windows.

It is interesting that SCOG Unix variants include a complete and complex "compatibility layer" that allows Linux userland code to be run under a UNIX kernel (sort of like Wine, but for running Linux programs on UNIX). The extent that they had to go to to do this means that SCOG knew very well that Linux was not a copy of UNIX.

I might also point out that Linux started out being written as a hobby by a lone student who didn't like Minix, as opposed to being written by professional people hired in from another OS software company ...

So how come Linux was the only one that was accused of plagiarism?

Edited 2008-11-26 02:18 UTC

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