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____/ John B. slocomb on Thursday 19 February 2009 14:24 : \____

> On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 14:55:31 +0100, J G Miller <miller@xxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>>On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 19:42:18 +0700, John B. slocomb wrote:
>>   > of course Linux was, originally, basically a copied Unix kernel.
>>This fallacy raises its ugly head once again.
>>So the Linux kernel which copied from which Unix kernel?
> What do you call a system that apes not only the look and feel of
> another system but is so close to it  in  function that the Unix gnu
> utilities worked with it, if not a copy?
> This isn't to say that the source is a direct copy but certainly the
> earlier forms of Linux were similar enough to Unix that the parentage
> certainly was apparent.
> IN fact, here is a quote from Linus:
> Linus wrote in comp.os.minux (1991)
> "Do you pine for the nice days of Minux 1.1, when men were men and
> wrote their own device drivers? Are you without a nice project and
> just dying to cut your teeth on a OS you can try to modify for your
> needs? Are you finding it frustrating when everything works on Minux?
> No more all-nighters to get a nifty program working? This post might
> be just for you.
> "As I mentioned a month ago, I'm working on a free version of
> Minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage
> where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want),
> and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution. It is
> just version 0.02... but I've successfully run bash, gcc, gnu-make,
> gnu-sed, compress, etc. under it."
> Cheers,
> John B.
> (jbslocombatgmaildotcom)

By the same logic, accuse Apple and Microsoft (Mac OS and Windows) of
being "basically a copied Xerox".

Ideas are everywhere. Those who don't use preconceived knowledge go nowhere.
The best scientists work this way too.

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants," Sir
Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

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