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updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu May 20, 2004

Tech: Linux origins...

Afternoon tech news: A new report , the U.S. FTC said.

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  1. CubeWannaB

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stop Spreading This

    MacNN shouldn't post something like that CNET article without at least pointing out the opposite point of view:

    I think if the author of minix doesn't think Linus stole anything than he probably didn't steal anything from minix.

  1. turtle777

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Load of BS

    > Sexually explicit Internet spam must now carry
    > a warning label, the U.S. FTC said.

    Yeah, right, and now the spammers will listen and obey.



  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm trying to figure out

    "Industry advocates are critical of the rule, which is part of the federal "can spam" legislation that went into effect in January.

    "This is a back door effort to violate people's first amendment rights, whether well intentioned or not," said attorney Jonathan L. Katz of Marks & Katz, LLC, in Silver Spring, Maryland."

    How on earth is this violating a first amendment right? I see it more of a preview of what's on a channel, then you can decide whether or not to tune in. I know it's a lawyer talking so it's suspect, but I just don't get it. Any help?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Of course Linus couldn't have made Linux without some earlier OS. Wasn't the whole point of Linux to make a version of Unix that would run on x86 hardware? So, if you were going to do that, wouldn't you be taking ideas of the existing work? Duh!

    Its as stupid a comment as saying MS couldn't have developed windows without the Mac OS.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No duh

    The whole point of Linux was not to make an UNIX that runs on x86 since there were already a few out there that did.

    He wanted to create an OS he liked and that utilized the hardware that he had. The OS he liked happen to be UNIX like.

    Everything does not have to be Windows vs Mac OS. Relax.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    quote: Everything does not have to be Windows vs Mac OS. Relax.

    Why not?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: No duh

    Everything does not have to be Windows vs Mac OS. Relax.

    Who said it did. Ignoring the whole 'x86' thing (which was his hardware, i believe), he basically built an OS for his computer based on Unix, which is what he wanted to do. That's the 'duh' part. Of course he couldn't have done what he did without looking at what was out there, because he wasn't out to create a 'new' OS, just something that looked like Unix.

    The mac/windows comment was an anology, not something else (for example, without the Mac OS, there wouldn't have been a GUI for Linux like what they have. That's because they're all based on the same idea. One of these days it would be nice to see an original idea on the whole UI front.

  1. VValdo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is FUD

    This is the "Uncertainty" and "Doubt" part of FUD (the "F" standing for "Fear"). This charge is completely baseless, and the development of Linux is well known and documented. Linux, unlike most if not all closed operating systems, was developed in a transparent bubble for all to see.

    The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution has done this before. They released a study a while back about how Open Source is insecure. And guess who pays for the Institution? What a surprise.

    Anyone interested in the famous Linus/Tannenbaum debate where they discussed the best design for an operating system's kernel? It's really good.


  1. dave a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yup, just the same ol'

    Another "think tank" that's just a bunch of liars paid by Microsoft. It's become the strategy of the super-rich who want to maintain their dominance when *REAL* scientists and observers are disputing "their" reality. "Environmental" groups funded by automakers who want to repeal environmental laws; "science" groups that dispute the existence of acid rain and global warming; "economic" groups that claim the rich aren't getting richer and that tax cuts on the top 1% of society benefits everyone. All funded by those that would benefit. Remember, one of the first things the n**** did was find a bunch of hack scientists to discredit Albert Einstein!

  1. Mapache

    Joined: Dec 1969


    p*** Spam

    Do people still get sexually explicity spam? Whenever I glance into my junk box, it seems like it's all for pharmaceuticals and mortgage rates. I haven't gotten anything touting monster genitals and bisexual school girls gone wild in ages...

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