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[6]: I agree...
by Richard Dale on Fri 24th Jul 2009 10:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I agree..."
Richard Dale
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"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.

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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