Re: NWFS Submitted to Alan Cox

From: Jeff V. Merkey (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 19:45:07 EST

On Sun, Jul 01, 2001 at 12:23:17PM -0700, Justin Guyett wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Jul 2001, Chris Wedgwood wrote:
> > On Sun, Jul 01, 2001 at 01:50:00PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> >
> > > I'm not a file sustem hacker, nor since I work for one vendor the
> > > appropriate owner for larg chunks of code in some people's eyes. I
> > > suspect the FSF is a much much better asignee for the code itself
> >
> > I assume the legal threats that Jeff has experience will follow the
> > code? Surely before anyone wishes to adopt such a thing they should
> > get legal advice about the situation?
> >
> > It would be shame to let potentially useful code be left to die for
> > fear of bully-tactics if their claims are unfounded.
> presuming they are unfounded, given the history of attacks by Novell,
> perhaps the best move would be to turn it over to a company like compaq or
> ibm given a written contract that they will keep it open source.

> Novell can't be that stupid.

Don't count on it. I had completed a fully 64-bit OS in 1997 for IA64,
four years before everyone else. It's been sitting in an archive
somewhere inside of Novell -- unused for no other reason than I
wrote it. I am waiting to see who would want it. It's open to
any takers. Alan may be in a conflict of interest with Red Hat
since Novell is an investor in them, so this I understand. I'll
wait and see who's interested. I would not be surprised if
someone from Novell asks to take it over.


> justin
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