[RC5] P4 Speed Question

Fruitloops fruitloops70_prn at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 28 08:20:54 EDT 2001


> The w2k tcp/ip stack or something is alleged to be ripped out of FreeBSD

Someone ring the bells!!  There's BSD code in Windows!  Sound the alarm!

Pfftt!

The fifteen plus years old BSD license allows ANYONE to grab ANY PIECE
WHATSOEVER of BSD code at will, for educational or commercial purposes, and
no one needs to get in a hissy fit when it happens.

The Windows 3.1 TCP/IP stack (otherwise known as Winsock 1.0) was copied
FREELY, without any ILLEGAL INTENT, and without COVERT MOTIVES, because the
BSD license allows it.  That is what the BSD license and BSD code are
intended for: freely sharing what at the time (early 80s) was (and still is)
cutting-edge operating systems research.

The TCP/IP stacks of latter Windows products are obviously improvements of
the first version, so in a way, your statement above is correct.  But you
are way out of line suggesting there is some covert BSD code in Win2k.  This
code was LEGALLY copied into Windows 3.1 almost ten years ago!

FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD are only recent projects born out of the
original Internet distribution of BSD code.  If it wasn't for the BSD
license and the original BSD FTP sites, these projects would not be have
been possible, because the code they are FREELY based on would be locked
away in the bowels of the University of California - Berkeley.

End of story.

PS - Sure, someone could write a BSD-like operating system from scratch
without the help of the BSD license and BSD code.  Someone actually was
crazy enough to do this; his creation is called Linux.

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