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I used to like QNX... but now they filed a trivial software patent! :tfou: :humeur: :pocontent:

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Re: Someone please find me some prior art

I am not too much familiar with QNX, but as far as i know their software was always proprietary..

And be it that prior art to their distributed processing architecture existed or not, software patents are wrong and i wouldn't support any one that endevours in that business.

But of course, for the sake of the truth, somebody please show us some prior art! :-)

And this is not new to my ears. Just a few days ago there was an article on linuxtoday about Microsoft patenting the unix sudo command for which it is known it's a prior art. It all just sucks..
Everybody should just switch to linux and future Haiku OS and doom them all to failure in their little patnet and "it's mine, it's mine" games..Shsh.. :pocontent:
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Re: Someone please find me some prior art

QNX was already around for a looooong time before the free software "revolution". You can't blame them for being proprietary. QSSL (QNX Software Systems Ltd) always seemed like a good company to me with an open mind to open source. A company I would like to work for or work with. QSSL patenting a trivial idea (a trivial IDEA, the implementation is far from trivial) confuses me.
Also, I don't see why they need a patent on this. Making a clone of QNX is close to impossible.

Microsoft patenting "sleeping", "breathing" and "going to the loo" is a completely different story.

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Everybody should just switch to linux and future Haiku OS

This is not a good thing. If you compare QNX OS architecture to Linux OS architecture, Linux is an obsolete impractical fundamentally unstable piece of crap. The only reason Linux is quite stable is its great code quality.

I think we'll see the end of QSSL within the next 10 years. What a shame that such a great piece of software is almost unknown now and will be completely forgotten then Crying or Very sad .

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Re: Someone please find me some prior art

The roots of free software movement are practically the same as the roots of all software today. Richard Stallman started the movement once the software was started to be considered as property closing off the source, restricting sharing which was a normal thing these days and making exclusive agreements with programers working on those new proprietary projects. So, i don't see how QNX or any other proprietary system could exist looong before free software. It's quite opposite, free software existed before anything. This "revolution" is actually getting back to the right roots. However, i agree that in the days QNX was formed, free software as a movement was too weak and too small to mean something. Software industry exploded in it's proprietary form. Only these last year we came to think of this "back to roots" freedom software movement as a serious "revolution".

Okay.. i also sympathize with all MS alternatives including QNX. I heard it's something special and that it's a great and irreplaceable system. But it seems like QNX follows the path of BeOS which was another rather superior system compared to windows, linux and Mac OS of these days (before X), but it didn't make it.
But there is hope for QNX even if it falls in it's proprietary form, just as there was and still is hope for BeOS. It seems like for those superior but not enough attentioned systems such as QNX and BeOS which eventualy somehow fail in the proprietary world, freedom software/open source acts like a healer reviving those failing systems in it's free incarnation.
I think that if QNX really comes to it's end in 10 years, there would be free software programmers to take it and clone a free software version. I hope so.

I know your feeling of remorse over something that good. It's the same feeling i got while researching BeOS past. I never actually used it before, but once i read some articles and testemonies i was convienced that BeOS was a special OS, much superior than most of it's time. I was saddend to hear that it failed, but was again happy to hear that open sourcers are reviving it. Now, it's almost like i could think of it as destiny. These superior systems were like never destined to be that succesful in proprietary world just to be brought up to the right side where they can truly thrive.

I am looking forward to the great future of freedom software operating systems which would be not only linux and freebsd, but Haiku OS (BeOS clone) and FOSS version of QNX OS. :-)

Imagine the diversity we would have than among the free software world. Who is M$ to compete with that. The future is rightfully on the side of freedom, that is, freedom software.

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