Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:50 UTC
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Andrew S. Tanenbaum, creator of MINIX, has published an open letter to Intel regarding Intel's use of MINIX in the IME:

The only thing that would have been nice is that after the project had been finished and the chip deployed, that someone from Intel would have told me, just as a courtesy, that MINIX 3 was now probably the most widely used operating system in the world on x86 computers. That certainly wasn't required in any way, but I think it would have been polite to give me a heads up, that's all.

If nothing else, this bit of news reaffirms my view that the Berkeley license provides the maximum amount of freedom to potential users. If they want to publicize what they have done, fine. By all means, do so. If there are good reasons not to release the modified code, that's fine with me, too.

I can still barely believe this whole story.

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RE[2]: freedom
by Kochise on Tue 7th Nov 2017 15:52 UTC in reply to "RE: freedom"
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

OK for MIT/BSD, but BERKLEY (like chosen by Minix) is good too. I personally favor the ZLIB. And it's normal people investing money into a technology wants to keep a little lead.

GPL are only defending their conception of freedom to benefit from proprietary work. Where are the GPL cpus, the GPL gpus, the GPL gsms and so on ? Software is one thing, hardware is another.

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RE[3]: freedom
by demetrioussharpe on Wed 8th Nov 2017 02:20 in reply to "RE[2]: freedom"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

OK for MIT/BSD, but BERKLEY (like chosen by Minix) is good too.


You do realize that the "B" in BSD stands for Berkley, right? Minix 3 uses the BSD license.

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RE[4]: freedom
by Kochise on Wed 8th Nov 2017 06:18 in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Too many licenses to choose from, what a freedom dilemma : https://spdx.org/licenses/

Sorry for the confusion. Been confused.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_license and the "Rights in copyright" graph, in which color would you paint the GPL ? Plain forest green ?

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RE[4]: freedom
by zima on Wed 8th Nov 2017 15:30 in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You do realize that the "B" in BSD stands for Berkley, right?

Actually, it's "Berkeley" ;)

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RE[3]: freedom
by zima on Wed 8th Nov 2017 15:33 in reply to "RE[2]: freedom"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Where are the GPL cpus

There are always Opencores... IIRC, ESA uses one family of them in their spaceships.

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RE[4]: freedom
by Kochise on Wed 8th Nov 2017 16:49 in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

How do they perform face to, let's say, Ryzen ?

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