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[2]: Silly Andrew
by pepa on Fri 10th Nov 2017 04:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Silly Andrew"
pepa
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2005-07-08

Suddenly, he won! But it is unimportant, and not a very honourable use. And the license makes sure the deployers benefit and the users don't...

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RE[3]: Silly Andrew
by Kochise on Fri 10th Nov 2017 14:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Silly Andrew"
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2006-03-03

The license still remains open enough for any moaner out there to improve the damn thing. How many forks and minix based distros out there ? Obviously it's not Andrew's fault if nobody cares but Intel.

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RE[4]: Silly Andrew
by pepa on Fri 10th Nov 2017 14:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Silly Andrew"
pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

With this kind of license there is zero guarantee that you can get to the code. Of course things have been modified and adapted.

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