Free and worthless ....
Are two separate and distinct concepts. Oxygen, for example,
is free. But no one in his/her right mind, would call oxygen
worthless. For without it, there would not be living things.
Linux was created to be free of Unix's IP claims and rights.
Quite certainly, it is not an operating system for everyone.
Such as those who do not have good understanding of computer
nor trainings in operating systems. But, it is a godsend for
those who need an operating system that has good IP freedoms
and very minimal claims on IP rights. Thankfully, Linus foot
Perhaps the esteemed netter is blissfully unaware, but Linux
is the enabling OS of our network centric world today. It is
found everywhere - where the tire meets the road, in the In-
ternet infrastructures all over the world.
No one, for sure, would call that worthless. In fact, one is
quite safe to say that Linux is the free oxygen of our Inter
-net world. Just imagine what our eWorld would be like with-
out Linux, working, pushing, shuffling and serving the likes
of webservers, apps, databases, etc.
The Linux kernel is under a very loose GPU License, or LGPL,
which is short for Lesser General Public License. Anyone who
had used/modified MIT's X-Windows would be familiar with the
licensing terms. Because of that arrangement one can come up
with his/her/its own OS with Linux as the underlying scheme,
and/or structure. Examples are quite abound:
IOS, Android, .... :)
PS: Happy and prosperous year of the Horse, serene peace, to
all here, and beyond.
Albert K. Fung
Oscar-by-the-Sea, TKO, HK.