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SubjectRe: GGI Project Unhappy On Linux
Marek Habersack writes:
> On Mon, 30 Mar 1998, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > > HP printers like a champ with no windows around.
> > > But what about the legalese? If the protocols are prioprietary to M$ then you
> >
> > What about the legalese ?
> You'd have to licence the protocols (if their legal status requires that - and
> it seems probable knowing the M$ ways of doing things)

You have been throwing around a lot of claims without substantiating
any of them. You make statements purporting to be factual whereas they
are just your (uninformed) opinion. When someone points out you are
wrong, you just ignore that and continue on with "yes, but..." and
just go on and on and on and on...

This is getting really tiresome. Please stop throwing out claims and
warning everying of "problems" and other impending disasters without
first *checking* if what you are saying has any substance. If you
don't actually *know*, then *ask a question*, don't just say
such-and-such is a problem/cannot be done or whatever.

> > > can't legally use them in a free product? So what's the use of the fact that
> > > you know how the protocol works?
> >
> > Of course I can use them. At worst US citizens couldnt use it cos they have a
> > fucked up patent system.
> And what share of users does the US market have?

Look, like Alan said, look at VFAT, NTFS, Netware and all the other
goodies that Linux has, and there is *no problem* in the U.S.A.
In fact, go read some history: the entire PC clone industry exists
because the original IBM BIOS was reverse engineered. There was no
problem doing this, and this kind of practice has happened time and
time again in the U.S.A., so *clearly* this is a complete
non-issue. There is a well-defined mechanism for reverse engineering a
proprietary protocol/API.



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