Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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RE[6]: Way missed the mark
by r_a_trip on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 15:18 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Way missed the mark"
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Meanwhile, the truly remarkable designs that couldn’t have existed 30 years ago, like the iPhone, all come out of "closed" shops where individuals create something and polish it before it is released to the public.

Yet that same iPhone is powered by a toned down OS X, which was created with and only possible due to the availability of the collectivised Mach and FreeBSD, which both lead directly back to that same old 1970s technology called UNIX.

It's funny how the naysayers can always claim straightfaced that Linux is just a copy of Unix and ignore 20 years of developments and then turn around and point to Apple's OS as the pinnacle of innovation and completely ignore the same OS heritage.

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RE[7]: Way missed the mark
by lucas_maximus on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 15:50 in reply to "RE[6]: Way missed the mark"
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You missed the point.

Linux distros are a copy of Unix as much as it matters and community is good at doing that.

However the iPhone is a product, it could have Windows Embedded or be running on magic unicorn blood under all the polish and you may never know the difference.

Much like Android could have been built on top of FreeBSD and you wouldn't know.

Edited 2012-01-03 15:55 UTC

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RE[8]: Way missed the mark
by r_a_trip on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 17:15 in reply to "RE[7]: Way missed the mark"
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Polish is not innovation. If any, it is refinement of something previous existing.

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