Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?
gayleard at eircom.net
Fri Jul 18 01:01:24 UTC 2008
Gordon Messmer wrote:
>> GNU is not Linux and Linux is not GNU, it's just an evolution of a
>> movement started by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie nearly 40 years ago.
> I think you're giving Ken and Dennis too much credit. As far as I
> understand it, Unix was only distributed free of charge because ATT was
> concerned that its monopoly status prevented it from entering new
Thompson and Ritchie were not AT&T, they were employees of AT&T.
I am quite sure that Thompson was very keen that Unix -
which he developed more or less as a hobby -
would be used as widely as possible.
I remember attending a Unix meeting many, many years ago
at which Thompson was the main speaker.
He was accompanied by 2 AT&T lawyers
who stopped Thompson answering questions on several occasions.
In particular, Thompson was prevented from talking about
the graphical system he and his team had just developed -
I forget what it was called, something like the Blob.
It is impossible to give Thompson and Ritchie too much credit.
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