Software (and IP Watchdog contributor) Fredrik Ohrstrom (a.k.a. Slashdot reader anjara) writes:
Almost all Software licenses (BSD, MIT, GPL…) require some sort of legal notice (legal attribution) given to the recipient of the software, both when the software is distributed in source and in binary . The legal notice usually contains the copyright holder’s name and the license text. means that it’s not possible to hide and keep secret the existence of Free Software that you have stuck into your product that you distribute. If you do so, then you are not complying with the Free Software license and you are committing a copyright infringement!

This is exactly Intel seems to have done with the Intel ME. The Minix3 operating system license requires a legal notice, but so far it seems Intel has not given the necessary legal notices. (Probably because they want to keep the inside of the ME secret.) Thus not only is Minix3 the most installed OS on our recent x86 CPUs — but it might also the most pirated OS on our recent x86 CPUs!


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