Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 08:52 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The HURD was meant to be the true kernel at the heart of the GNU operating system. The promise behind the HURD was revolutionary -- a set of daemons on top of a microkernel that was intended to surpass the performance of the monolithic kernels of traditional Unix systems and in doing so, give greater security, freedom and flexibility to the users -- but it has yet to come down to earth.
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RE[3]: Reason Linux lives:
by phoenix on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 23:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Reason Linux lives:"
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I wrote wrong, I didnt mean that someone owns FreeBSD, but I meant that it is not possible to just claim ownership and do whatever you want with it, for instance close the code.


Tell that to Juniper, who took FreeBSD 4.x, tweaked it, added to it, rename it JunOS, and stuck it into their routers as an alternative to Cicso routers. No customers see that source code. (Note: Juniper has fed back a lot of patches to the FreeBSD source tree.)

Tell that to IronPort, who took FreeBSD, tweaked it, added to it, and stuck it into their e-mail scanning gateways. Customers never see that source code. (Don't know if they've reciprocated with patches.)

Lots of people buy Juniper routers or IronPort boxes instead of buying hardware themselves and fiddling with FreeBSD on them. Why buy "the copy"? Because there's a lot of value-add.

However, there's also lots of people who just buy off-the-shelf hardware, stick FreeBSD on it, and tweak it themselves to save money (Juniper/IronPort boxes aren't cheap).

IOW, there's a market for both. Claiming it's impossible is just naive.

There is one official distro, you can not just found a company and sell it further. Why would anyone buy your copy when there is an official distro, the original?


See above.

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