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[Discuss] Home NAS redux

On 01/03/2013 03:35 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:40:31 -0500
> Mark Woodward <markw at> wrote:
>> "Now, some of Spider's code (possibly all of it) was based on the
>> TCP/IP stack in the BSD flavors of Unix.
> I've seen that article. It is mistaken. Spider couldn't have taken the
> STREAMS API from BSD because BSD doesn't have a STREAMS API. Spider's
> code is AT&T System V, not BSD.
We are now arguing unprovable minutia. Since all the code is obsolete 
and far out of any reach to verification, we have only the documents we 
can dig up to prove our points.  I'll trust the contents of a wall 
street journal article, an interview with a former NT kernel developer, 
and my own personal experiences.

Whether or not this small matter of trivia is correct or not is 
irrelevant.  This debate is about freedom and the GPL, which, I'm pretty 
sure we've concluded you've lost. Even these finer points of history are 
blurred because the GPL was not being used. Had the BSD code base been 
GPL we could have proved all of this because vendors would have had to 
contribute back their changes to the GPL authors. Furthermore, we would 
probably have avoided the whole AT&T/Berkeley mess in the '90s.

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