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    SubjectRe: patent on O_ATOMICLOOKUP [Re: [PATCH] loopable tmpfs (2.4.17)]

    I'll be short, no worry.

    Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > So you split your problem into the RT device driver and the user. And of
    > story. Stop this stupid FUD.

    The VDC report is no FUD. As the link I gave states, this is a "survey
    of 11,000 embedded systems developers." Their #1 reason for not using
    Linux: real-time limitations.

    > The thing that disgusts me is that this "patent" thing is used as a
    > complete red herring, and the real issue is that some people don't like
    > the fact that the kernel is under the GPL. Tough cookies.

    I have no disagreement with the kernel being GPL.

    > Some people (you and Karim) seem to think that the GPL requirement si
    > going to hurt Linux in the embedded space. Fair enough. That's what all
    > the BSD people claimed was the case about Linux in server space, Linux on
    > the desktop, or Linux anywhere.

    I didn't say that. I said the current situation, with all that it involves,
    is hurting Linux. The GPL requirement is only part of the picture.

    > Personally, I'll just bet on open source myself. Even in the embedded
    > space. And anybody who bets against me, I just don't care about, because
    > it has zero impact on me.

    Fair enough. Note that I'm not betting against you, I'm just trying to
    point out a problem. Whether you care to deal with this is problem is
    an entirely different issue.


    Karim Yaghmour
    Embedded and Real-Time Linux Expert
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