Maybe you can still disagree with me, that’s fine. I’m aware of the differences. Specifically, this means programs in the Base category: If anything, he thrived because so many people saw the usefulness of it. In reply to this post by Louis Santillan.

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Got a copy of Linux v0. In reply to this post by Eric Auer-3 There’s also a question of the timing, since I think Jack wrote and released those programs and source code before the MS-DOS source code was released unless Jack had gotten access to some MS source code earlier than that.

So Linus was full within the rights granted by Tanenbaum Prentice-Hall as the publisher. If they thought there was still money in MS-DOS, they never would have released the source Jack claims to have looked at. Going after something like FreeDOS would take far more time and fredos than it would conceivably be worth, and I can’t see them bothering. I am told such knowledge is also called “fruit of the poisonous tree.

There just has to be a better explanation for this madness. Hi, On Wed, Jan 13, at 5: You only own what you wrote, not everyone else’s. I’ve looked at some of Jack’s earlier source code.


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People are meant to learn from others. Sorry, but that is not correct. In the domestic United States, to obtain the latest official XMS release disk, call Microsoft customer service at and ask for a copy of the XMS Specification and it’s supplemental diskette. Minix was not “freed” untiland of course it was heavily rewritten later anyways v3 to where very little is even similar to classic v2 versions.

Udms even for those few utilities, how would they even transfer? I do not think it likely that Microsoft would take action against an open source DOS operating system inbut that does not matter.

I wish all of us here would just ignore him and any proxy messages on his behalf. Minix was not “free” in any sense.

Minix was distributed by Tanenbaum who was at that time usma professor at the university of Amsterdam for the explicit purpose for students to read and study a Unix like OS. While I understand some people think it an overreaction, we must avoid any suggestion that we benefit from proprietary source code.

FreeDOS released after 17 years – ExtremeTech

Words cannot express my disgust at the destructive nature of this man’s actions. I’m aware of the differences. Let him find another hobby instead of constantly wasting our time.


No I don’t think MS will care, but that is not the issue. His kernel was monolithic, not a microkernel, and many other differences.

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Maybe you can still disagree with me, that’s fine. So it’s wrong to say that you become tainted by reading it. On Wed, Jan 13, at 7: Not quite a derivative work that’s my point! On Wed, Jan 13, at 6: And the only thing he actually “copied” kind of was the file system.

Likely a very “confusing” paragraph, for the average user! Linux eventually wrote his own kernel, even reusing minixfs, and made it available under a “free for commercial frredos GPL license! If anything, he thrived because so many people saw the usefulness of it. Reading it is the whole point, there’s absolutely nothing else you can do with it except compile, which doesn’t need to be “readable”.