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SubjectRe: Is it legal for me to do that?
On Thu, Dec 17, 1998 at 01:16:34AM -0500, wrote:
> Hello,
> I am a student in computer sciences, and I've been asked to do my
> final project on the wonderfull world of OSs, more specifictly, I
> have to take the pc-xinu "Opperating System" and make it better.
> Some of the features I have to develop is virtual memory, file
> system and I have to write a boot loader, and, also, if I have
> time, it would be nice to make it load some programs into memory
> and execute them and also to check for permissions for file access.

Well, you asked whether it is legal to use Linux sources to do that.

I think it is, as long as you leave Copyright messages etc. intact. This
implies that you have to tell everybody that you used Linux sources to do
your job. Go and check with your supervisor, if they allow you to do that.

I guess no: They want you to do your own thing.

You can still profit from your Linux knowledge. Go and read the Linux
sources and try to understand the concepts. I think most authors of the
source code will help you understand it, when you ask them. And of course,
nobody prevents you from using some of the concepts. Science is not about
ignoring intelligent thoughts by others!
Also Tanenbaum is your friend, of course.

Kurt Garloff <> (Dortmund, FRG)
PGP key on

There is something frustrating about the quality and speed of Linux
development. I.e. the quality is too high and the speed is too high, in
other words, I can implement this XXXX feature, but I bet someone else
has already done it and is just about to release his patch to Linus soon...
[From a posting of Tigran Aivazian to linux-kernel, XXXX = disk stat]

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