lkml.org 
[lkml]   [1998]   [Dec]   [22]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
Date
From

In message <x4d85cp2e3.fsf@backbone.midwestcs.com>, Wayne Schlitt writes:

> Interesting. Minix and Coherent were both that cheap and were both
> much better than Linux for several years.

I personally switched to Linux initially because it didn't cost me
anything. I could only afford the $99 for Coherent, and barely that.
I knew immediately that Linux was better, and did things neither
Coherent or Minix could even early in the game.

I have always believed in software freedom, long before hearing of
GNU or much about UNIX, so Linux really just proved to me that I
was right about something and that it could really be a great thing.

> The technical advantages that they now have is due to their success
> and freedom.

Yep. I'll note that most companies that do well, have a similar
model of development, they just keep it internal to them.

I think though, you have to realize that the free software world is
heavily subsidized by the non-free world. Even Richard Stallman
came from the military-industrial complex since most of what he
initially knew was created or funded by the same.

Of course, a lot of the early efforts paid for by places like DARPA
were freely exchanged, and I think the move away from that is part
of what Stallman was motivated by.

--
Shannon - shendrix@widomaker.com - InfiNet?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
"An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade
of grass and not fall off the face of the earth."


-
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.rutgers.edu
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:46    [from the cache]
©2003-2011 Jasper Spaans