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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RE[4]: freedom
by Kochise on Wed 8th Nov 2017 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: freedom"
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How do they perform face to, let's say, Ryzen ?

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RE[5]: freedom
by zima on Wed 8th Nov 2017 19:23 in reply to "RE[4]: freedom"
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Hm, quite poorly I imagine, in raw performance ...but that's not why people choose them, I guess (more for, say, ease of integration into FPGA; or in the case of ESA, manufacturing chips with radiation resistance)

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RE[6]: freedom
by Kochise on Thu 9th Nov 2017 06:12 in reply to "RE[5]: freedom"
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So, no opencore available to fit that "power user niche" ? Regarding how computer now struggles with quad cores running at 3 GHz, who would play with a 32 bits single core at less than 2 GHz because it is "open" ?

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