News.com has a long look
at the ADTI report and an interview with its author.
"In an interview conducted for the study, [Andrew] Tanenbaum said Minix 'was the base
that Linus used to create Linux. He also took many ideas from Minix,
including the file system, source tree and much more.
If Linux is a derivative work of Minix, that makes Linux vulnerable to
charges of intellectual property infringement by Prentice Hall, which
published books and the Minix source code but restricted its use until 2000,
the study said. 'Arguably, Prentice Hall has lost out on tens of millions of
dollars' because of lost book sales, the study said.
In this context, it is more than worthwhile to read this posting by Andrew Tanenbaum about the whole thing. "Thus, of course, Linus didn't sit down in a vacuum and suddenly type in the Linux source code. He had my book, was running MINIX, and undoubtedly knew the history (since it is in my book). But the code was his. The proof of this is that he messed the design up.... My conclusion is the Ken Brown doesn't have a clue what he is talking about. I also have grave questions about his methodology."
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