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SubjectRe: Nvidia and its choice to read the GPL "differently"
On Fri, Jan 10, 2003 at 10:20:09PM -0500, Tom Sightler wrote:
> > He just got lucky on his timing... Anyone studying operating systems at
> > the time (and heck, I remember owning a book "Creating your own 32-bit
> > operating system" by SAMS publishing and being inspired, and I also
> > owned "Disecting DOS" which was a nice analysis of a DOS-like operating
> > system at the code-level book w/disk)
> You could also argue that GNU got lucky on it's timing, otherwise we might
> still be waiting on a "GNU OS" rather than arguing over how important it is
> to put GNU in front of Linux.

As far as I am concerned, we still *are* waiting for a "GNU OS", or rather
*THE* "GNU OS" that Richard Stallman keeps talking about as having been
almost complete in 1992, but even in 2003, is not ready to be rolled out.

This very truth - the fact that Richard Stallman's people have taken
more than 10 years, and they still are not done, suggests that the
existence of an OS such as Linux is not an 'accident' related to
certain skillsets colliding at a random interval, such as the original
poster wishes to suggest.

*Microsoft*... now *that* is a 'certain skillsets colliding at random
interval' scenario... :-)

Oops... I think I just extended this thread. Damn.

mark

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