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    SubjectA BSD-licensed kernel is already available
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    Hello,

    It's somewhat strange to read through debates on the supposed offer for
    BSD-licensing the Linux kernel for $$$, for quite some time, with nobody
    noticing that the operation would be totally redundant.

    A Unix-like kernel, ported to many platforms, well written, well
    supported, actively developed, and widely used, is already available
    under this license. You can download it from http://www.netbsd.org .

    (FreeBSD and OpenBSD are ported to a less extensive list of platforms,
    thus NetBSD).

    Now if it lacks some driver or feature that is necessary for the
    potential purchaser, the said purchaser will spend the money in a much
    wiser way by contacting the developers of the Linux driver/feature, and
    asking them to port that code to BSD, under the BSD license, for $$$.

    A side effect would be *huge* popularity of the project in the BSD
    community. They've been losing out "the masses" to Linux due to the
    latter's commercial success; and they believe (go ask them!) that the
    BSD general design is actually better than the Linux one. Big commercial
    support for BSD might be seen as a long-awaited revolution, at least by
    them.

    This is especially interesting doe to the remark that "some other
    enterprising individual will replicate similiar code". There's your
    similar code under the BSD license. *All*, 100%, of a big, nice, usable
    kernel!

    Yours, Mikhail Ramendik
    REALLY curious why BSD has not popped up in the discussion before...

    P.S. I am neutral on the technical merits of BSD vs. Linux; I use Linux,
    but the sole reason is better distro support.



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