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NewsForge: Does Prentice Hall Really Own Linux?

Jun 12, 2004, 03:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

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"A recent report by Ken Brown of the 'Alexis de Toqueville Institute' casts aspersions upon Linus Torvalds as creator of the Linux operating system kernel. The report attributes ownership of Linux to Prentice Hall PTR as publishers of Andrew Tannenbaum's book Operating Systems: Design and Implementation. In the book, Tannenbaum provided the source for an educational toy OS called Minix.

"Mr. Brown is obviously not aware of my role as series editor of the Bruce Perens Open Source Series at Prentice Hall PTR. With ten books published so far, this series is unique in that not only are the books about Open Source software, the text of the books is under an Open Source license..."

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