[linux-elitists] [firstname.lastname@example.org: SCO Suspends Distribution of Linux Pending Intellectual Property...]
Thu May 15 06:52:03 PDT 2003
> I've worked on the kernel since 1991, and I can tell you that this issue
> was addressed on the linux kernel mailing list as early as 1992, I
> believe. The only sources of kernel code that I am aware of was the BSD
> unencumbered sources, the Bach book, and Minix itself.
I sure wish we could count on that. There's an awful lot of people with
access to Unix source. And there's a lot of people who have contributed to
the kernel. There is a certain value (measured in reputation-zorkmids) to
getting your name attached to a chunk of kernel code. The chances that
somebody, somewhere has taken a short cut are, to me, distressingly high.
As a general rule, though, the kernel hackers are certainly far to elite to
pollute the kernel with something as brain-damaged, b0rken, and misdesigned
as Unix code. They know, after all, the real right way to do it...
Seriously, though, I'm fairly sure that, if you look hard enough, you can
find a driver here or module there with dubious parentage. It may be
enough to let SCO say "we told you so," but I have a hard time imagining
that it would be anything all that central or hard to do without.
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