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    Can Linux be bought?

    After hearing the microsoft and novell made a deal, I became both happy and a little alarmed. I remember when Bill Gates said that linux is not a treat, and now that they are making a deal with a major linux distributor, it seems we have become a threat. And I was thrilled, but than my microscft married brother, pointed out somethin, this is how a lot of microsoft takeovers occured. My question in the end is can Linux be "bought" and re-patented by microsoft? I know there is GPL licences but how does that work and how does it protect Linux developer's work and users.

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    Not easily. Buying Linux itself and re-licensing it would require contact with every single developer who's ever worked on the kernel and their consent to do so, and of course Linus would still never do it. Even if it were possible to buy it, it would just be forked into something else. Nothing to fear.

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    I am by no means an expert but it is an interesting, if alarmist notion. I mean really they wouldn't have to find a way to buy 'all'of it, just enough to make what's left impractible or un usable. So to re-write the question, perhaps it should be 'Does Linus have his price?'!!!
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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    Quote Originally Posted by adam.tropics View Post
    So to re-write the question, perhaps it should be 'Does Linus have his price?'!!!
    No
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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    Quote Originally Posted by OffHand View Post
    No
    LOL I thought that was going to be the first reply to the OP

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    I don't think we're in Redmond anymore Toto.....
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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    Linus - YES (imo)
    Linux - NO!
    You cannot buy linux exclusively. What is GPL is ALWAYS GPL!

    That being said they could buy a relicensed copy of it but that is also near impossible and some of the copyright holders would NEVER do that.

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    Even if they could, why would they? They have theyre on nice software and they dont need linux. Maybe on the server market they would be able to take advantage but still that wouldnt affect projects like Ubuntu. But like already said it would still be near to impossible to relicense linux.

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    and remember Linux is the kernel.
    GNU project leader stallman is working on other kernel HURD that will run instead of Linux and will work with GNU.
    and stallman would NEVER sell the rights to the GNU and/or HURD.

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    Re: Can Linux be bought?

    They would also have to buy the open version of BSD. If any of these people were only interested in money, they would be programming things in MS Windows as that's where the big money is.

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