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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Lack of drivers
by fithisux on Thu 9th Nov 2017 10:15 UTC
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So Tannenbaum's minix has no usb, but Intel's one does and thanks to BSD it will never be commited to main Minix distro.

Thanks to the license, Minix has no chance to make it as a usable system for our PCs.

So while GPL is to my eyes political and ethical right, BSD one is political but not ethical right (and who said that ethical should be taken into consideration by judges)

BSD license looks more and more like our corrupted politicians. Dual language, violence, secrets and oppression

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