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[5]: freedom
by The123king on Wed 8th Nov 2017 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: freedom"
The123king
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2009-05-28

I don't agree with patents either, and i think they're a bane on the world of computing. That doesn't mean it's not a good idea to pay a developer for the work he's done producing a product though. One of the symptoms of this complete disdain for paying for software has been the explosion in ad-riddle applications. You can't even buy an Android phone nowadays without the lock screen being filled with adverts. I'd rather pay a feee to use the software a-free, than have hal;f my screen real-estate taken up by an advert trying to sell me crap.

Edited 2017-11-08 11:26 UTC

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RE[6]: freedom
by Alfman on Wed 8th Nov 2017 12:52 in reply to "RE[5]: freedom"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

The123king,

I don't agree with patents either, and i think they're a bane on the world of computing. That doesn't mean it's not a good idea to pay a developer for the work he's done producing a product though. One of the symptoms of this complete disdain for paying for software has been the explosion in ad-riddle applications. You can't even buy an Android phone nowadays without the lock screen being filled with adverts. I'd rather pay a feee to use the software a-free, than have hal;f my screen real-estate taken up by an advert trying to sell me crap.


This is quite unrelated to the previous discussion about patented drivers.

Sure I hate ads too. Whether we like it or not, it's become an offshoot of the "everything is free" culture, it kills off the market for paid work. But just to be clear most of us talking about open source are referring to "free as in freedom, not as in beer". When I buy a product, I want to have the freedom to modify it as I please.

Edited 2017-11-08 12:53 UTC

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RE[7]: freedom
by Kochise on Wed 8th Nov 2017 14:13 in reply to "RE[6]: freedom"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Yeah, but the limit is scarce between "modify" and "copy"...

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