Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:50 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

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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Not mistakes. But FEATURES. All depend On Who are you talking to.

Hardware -as open community understand it- is known, or will be eventually known. Community at large, will eventually GRAB control of it.

Not wished, business side. Thats how IBM lost control of BIOS. And Clones came to exist.

As student many decades ago, learned that "popular control of technologies" turns SCARCITY, impossible to manage.

Lots of small companies where able to make IBM lookalikes.

Scarcity -along with other forms of sovereign privilege-ization (privatization) are foundational of oligopolies.

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Alfman Member since:


You never fail to deliver something thought provoking ;)

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dionicio Member since:

Whatever this privatized Minix is. Should be a mini-Minix. Security Wise, the smaller attack surface, the easier to defend. AndrewT claim probably over the board. ;)

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dionicio Member since:

If Intel had walked a similar path to AMDs -on the smallest RISC arch- shouldn't be at this problem now.

(They even have some ARCHIVED portfolio on the area).

Could some pride got into this -on taking 86 arch- and the (natural) complementary Minix soft tech?

Most probably, the issue was decided back then around not having the HUMAN expertize anymore.(Ha ha sorry AI, you still need at least SOME of us).

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