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SubjectRe: Linux v2.6.9 and GPL Buyout
Linus Torvalds wrote:

>Ok,
> despite some naming confusion (expanation: I'm a retard), I did end up
>doing the 2.6.9 release today. And it wasn't the same as the "-final" test
>release (see explanation above).
>
>Excuses aside, not a lot of changes since -rc4 (which was the last
>announced test-kernel), mainly some UML updates that don't affect anybody
>else. And a number of one-liners or compiler fixes. Full list appended.
>
> Linus
>
>
The memory sickness with disappearing buffers, and the BIO callback
problems with the
SCSI layer previously reported appear to be corrected. This release is
very solid and
withstands 400 MB/S I/O to disk from 3GB/1GB split kernel/user memory
configurations
and does not have the disappearing memory problems I was experiencing
with massive
BIO/skb I/O loading. The memory pressure being exerted is constant and
the kernel
holds steady and stable enough for us to use and ship in our products
based on our
testing of the 2.6.9 release over two days.

On a side note, the GPL buyout previously offered has been modified. We
will be contacting
individual contributors and negotiating with each copyright holder for
the code we wish to
convert on a case by case basis. The remaining portions of code will
remain GPL
The 50K per copy offer still stands for the whole thing if you guys can
ever figure out
how to set something like this up.
:-)

Although we do not work with them and are in fact on the the other side
of Unixware from a
competing viewpoint, SCO has contacted us and identifed with precise
detail and factual
documentation the code and intellectual property in Linux they claim was
taken from Unix.
We have reviewed their claims and they appear to create enough
uncertianty to warrant
removal of the infringing portions.

We have identified and removed the infringing portions of Linux for our
products that
SCO claims was stolen from Unix. They are:

JFS, XFS, All SMP support in Linux, and RCU.

They make claims of other portions of Linux which were taken, however,
these other claims
do not appear to be supported with factual evidence.

Jeff

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