[ILUG] Re: ILUG sends s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Mon Mar 21 23:56:02 GMT 2005
On 21 Mar 2005, at 23:36, Joseph Kiniry wrote:
> On 21 Mar, 2005, at 21:03, Paul O'Malley wrote:
>> Another aside :) My previous TCP/IP comment was referring to the fact
>> that without a common unowned intercommunication standard the net
>> would not have happened. I omitted the information about Linux and
>> other OSS platforms allowed the commercial event (Internet growth)
>> that disrupted communications so much that we now look at a totally
>> different communications landscape from that of 10 years ago.
> But TCP/IP *did* happen without FOSS. All the original
> implementations predate the GNU Project by over 15 years, for example.
Paul didn't mention FOSS in the context of TCP/IP. He said "a common
unowned intercommunication standard" was essential to the genesis of
the net. Although the original standards were owned (I think DoD money
paid for them) they were free for all to use, and so they were very
similar in their availability to open source software today, and that
freedom was important to their wide adoption.
The only comparable protocol (and in many ways of course it's NOT
comparable, but it was also very widely used) that springs to mind was
IPX but it was an owned protocol, and was used only by one company, or
to interwork with that company's products. I imagine there are many
readers of this list don't even know what IPX is.
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