Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 14:04 UTC
SkyOS Over the past couple of months, I've been getting a number of emails asking me about SkyOS' status. Since I didn't know anything beyond what's on the SkyOS website, and because, well, I have no affiliation with SkyOS, I couldn't really reply to these emails. However, after yet another email sent to me late last week, I decided to simply... Email Robert Szeleney, the man behind the project.
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RE[4]: sad
by bebop on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 22:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: sad"
bebop
Member since:
2009-05-12

While using GPL without releasing at least that part of the source code would indeed violate the terms of the GPL, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using BSD and not releasing the source code. With this in mind he easily could have used one of the *BSD's network code, and he would have had no obligations to then release his source code.

This is in fact what was done with Haiku-os implementation of the Be file system. SkyOS took the implementation and used it. This is acceptable under the terms of the BSD license.

I also agree with Thom that you cannot prove he used GPL (which I hope you are convinced is the only thing that would be a problem) without seeing his source code. So please be considerate of the amount of work that someone put into this operating system.

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RE[5]: sad
by nt_jerkface on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 04:39 in reply to "RE[4]: sad"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

While using GPL without releasing at least that part of the source code would indeed violate the terms of the GPL, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using BSD and not releasing the source code. With this in mind he easily could have used one of the *BSD's network code, and he would have had no obligations to then release his source code.


I wouldn't care if he used BSD code if he was honest about it. That's the whole issue. I don't believe that his kernel and tcp/ip stack are original as claimed. I consider him to be a very shady person and I bet he used GPL code as well.

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