Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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RE[4]: I agree...
by CatZ on Fri 24th Jul 2009 05:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I agree..."
CatZ
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2009-07-24

I believe Microsoft meant Intellectual Property when they said IP.

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RE[5]: I agree...
by lemur2 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 10:41 in reply to "RE[4]: I agree..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I believe Microsoft meant Intellectual Property when they said IP.


Precisely so.

GNU/Linux is IP. It is copyright code just as much as Windows is copyright code.

Ergo, writing new code for GNU/Linux cannot, by definition, be an act of destroying IP.

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RE[6]: I agree...
by Richard Dale on Fri 24th Jul 2009 10:56 in reply to "RE[5]: I agree..."
Richard Dale Member since:
2005-07-22

"I believe Microsoft meant Intellectual Property when they said IP.


Precisely so.

GNU/Linux is IP. It is copyright code just as much as Windows is copyright code.

Ergo, writing new code for GNU/Linux cannot, by definition, be an act of destroying IP.
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Yes, what it is really doing is destroying an 'Intellectual Monopoly', which isn't quite the same thing as destroying 'Intellectual Property'.

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