wes.parish at paradise.net.nz
Mon Jul 26 14:07:30 CEST 2004
Of course Microsoft's not wanting to put the spotlight on Yet Another Potential
Rival, particularly one that is aimed right at the heart of its lucrative
Operating Systems monopoly.
But as it so happens, I can quote several pages of genuine Bill Gates in favour
of ReactOS cloning NT's interface, system calls, etc. Right out of "The Road
Ahead", and right out of "Business @ the Speed of Thought", where Bill Gates
praises IBM for not closing its System/360 and IBM PC architecture off to
cloners, and thus by extension, praising Compax et alii for daring to "rip off",
"pirate", (any other vicious psychological abuse you care to add? - I put what
comes my way, into cache and refresh a.s.a.p) IBM's "Intellectual Property".
(From "The Road Ahead"), and praises other computer companies for moving back
from "the complete solution" concept where one company provides everything from
hardware to hand-holding individual businesses' implementations ("Business @ the
Speed of Thought") ...
In fact, I'm taking this potential threat seriously enough that I'm forwarding a
copy of this email to Pamela Jones, at Groklaw, since it seems likely that
Microsoft will react when ReactOS gets closer to 1.0.
Quoting Stephen Hodges <theteofscuba at hotmail.com>:
> I think the only reason why Microsoft hasn't stepped in is because a
> reasons which may include:
> * Wanting people to use a NT based OS wether its a clone or origional
> instead of UNIX or UNIX variants
> * Not wanting to attract any attention to ReactOS for fear that zealous
> source drones might contribute to the project with the goal of lowering
> sales of Windows if the project was perceived as a threat to MS (which
> it is
> in the long term)
> * Browsing the source code may be of bennefit to them, such as by
> for differences in designs which if implemented in Windows would result
> better performance or cleaner clode.
> It's only a matter of time before MS chooses a line of action to pursue,
> belive me or not, it isn't going to be in favor of ReactOS when a bleep
> shows up on the radar. Don't assume that they don't know about this
> Infact, I know they know about it. They are watching you right now. I'm
> fairly sure that wether they admit it or not, they won't stay neutral
> forever when their main cash cow is on the line and is being threatend.
> Dear Mr. Hodges,
> If you hold any of the copyrights for Windows please step forward with
> your claim and discuss the matter with me off this list. Otherwise
> please do not assert that anyone is violating any law or a summons for
> slander and libel proceedings will be sent to your sunny Florida
> vacation house.
> So sue me.
> Stephen H.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wesley Parish" <wes.parish at paradise.net.nz>
> To: "ReactOS Kernel List" <ros-kernel at reactos.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 8:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [ros-kernel] ROS
> > That's not how copyright law works.
> > A clone of the NT architecture that is created using
> > -accessible information, is an independent creation, and thus itself
> > protected by copyright law. If something has been as widely
> as the
> > basic information on the NT architecture, both as the "Inside NT"
> > various other such publications, both by Microsoft and others, and as
> > VMS books, it's a known and widely acknowledged hazard of the open
> not a
> > violation of copyright law, if it gets cloned. How do you think the
> > and the IBM PC got cloned so quickly?
> > What would be prohibited is if the ReactOS team had a copy of the NT
> source code
> > and took bits and pieces of it - but I trust that they're hardly that
> > I think you're trolling - please stop A.S.A.P. (BTW, I doubt there's
> > for it, but anything that makes one comatose for extended periods
> > also counteract the Trolling illness.)
> > Wesley Parish
> > Quoting Stephen Hodges <theteofscuba at hotmail.com>:
> > > This must stop. By creating a clone of the NT architecture, you are
> > > violating copyright law. Since cloning isn't covered under fair use,
> > > SDK is being infringed upon.
> > "Sharpened hands are happy hands.
> > "Brim the tinfall with mirthful bands"
> > - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
> > "I me. Shape middled me. I would come out into hot!"
> > I from the spicy that day was overcasked mockingly - it's a symbol of
> > other horizon. - emacs : meta x dissociated-press
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"Sharpened hands are happy hands.
"Brim the tinfall with mirthful bands"
- A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
"I me. Shape middled me. I would come out into hot!"
I from the spicy that day was overcasked mockingly - it's a symbol of the
other horizon. - emacs : meta x dissociated-press
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