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From: "Inker, Evan"
To: "'Ruben I Safir'"
"'MRichardson -at- abc . state . ny . us'"
Subject: RE: [hangout] Nitix Autonomic Linux-based Server Operating System
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 21:05:54 +0100
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I'm not complaining but stating a fact. Everyone knows its been happening
and even worse, that no one is going to fight Big Business to get this
resolved. If anything, I can see these small NAS type hardware/software
vendors peddling their wares and not disclosing the source of their OS in
I think what bothers me most is that some of these vendors have won Linux or
Open Source Awards for their products without disclosing source code.
Evan M. Inker (New York) x. 4615
From: Ruben I Safir [mailto:ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com]
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 2:34 PM
Cc: hangout-at-nylxs.com; 'MRichardson -at- abc . state . ny . us'
Subject: Re: [hangout] Nitix Autonomic Linux-based Server Operating System
Is this a forwarded message or are we the complaintant?
You can not distribute the Linux kernal without the source, period.
The FSF, unbelievably, is not the owner generally of the Linux Code, Linus
Tovalds is, and only him, and his assinged designee can sue.
I think the LPI is the the folks to contact, or Bruce PErens, if not Linus
himslef. Push this to the Kernel Mailing list, to Don Marti the the Linux
and the LPI. This also sound like the beginnings of an importatant Journal
On 2004.07.12 12:51 "Inker, Evan" wrote:
> Hey, we seem to be getting a run on the number of Companies who use
> the Linux Kernel and develop advanced OS' but refuse to give access to the
> source code. Can someone please enlighten me on what a proprietary
> Linux OS is? I was under the impression that Linux was Free and that
> access to source code was a absolute must requirement. Well that two
> companies that I know of that are marketing and selling Linux Based
> Products but refusing to divulge source...
> Sad fact about all this is that most people saw this situation arising
> and that no one would hold these commercial vendors to task involving
> clear and blatant violations of the GPL. And before anyone asks, Yes,
> I did inform the FSF about Emergecore more than a year ago re: GPL
> EmergeCore (OS called CoreVista which is in effect a souped up version
> Slackware) Even won an award from LinuxWorld Magazine (May 2004 issue
> LinuxWorld Magazine)
> Great links whic Prove both Companies are clearly in violation of the
> Here's a review of the Net Integrator Mark I Server (Hardware and
> Linux OS)
> Once in a while, a product comes along that just feels right. From the
> minute we powered on the Net Integrator Mark I and made it the core of
> our small network, that's exactly what happened. Except for the fact
> that this server can't handle Windows application sharing, there's
> nothing whatsoever missing from this unit. Sure, at $2,999, the Mark I
> is more expensive than other low-end servers out there. But it's quick
> to set up and has a full range of server tools from a company devoted
> to the needs of small business. It merits some very serious
> The Mark I runs a proprietary Linux-based OS, Nitix, which
> Net-Integration calls autonomic: It's self-adjusting according to
> workload, self-healing when it detects problems, self-protecting, and
> self-configuring. The Mark I also includes software called
> NetIntelligence, which detects and maps network resources, configures
> a firewall based on incoming packets, and guards against intrusions
> such as denial-of-service attacks.
> The Mark I also comes with a full array of server applications right
> out of the box. These include WWW and FTP servers, a PPTP server for
> VPN connections, NFS and Apple File file servers, LDAP, POP, SMTP,
> IMAP, MySQL, and ExchangeIt (Net-Integration's own collaboration tool,
> which essentially replaces Microsoft Exchange Server).
> Also built into the system: DoubleVision, which lets you connect to
> two broadband Internet providers simultaneously, automatically
> balancing the load between them and switching from one to the other if
> one fails. DDNS lets you provide Internet services without the need
> for a static IP address. If you host a Web site or mail server, but
> your ISP gives you a dynamic IP address, this will solve your problem.
> The Mark I protects against hard-disk failure in two ways. First, the
> core of the OS boots from flash memory rather than from a hard drive,
> with user accounts, the network (including firewall), VPN
> connectivity, and other services information intact. Second, it comes
> with two kinds of disk
> protection: Intelligent Disk Backup technology (which, as the name
> automatically backs up your data), and RAID-1 (which mirrors the hard
> allowing the server to keep running if one disk fails). The hard drives
> easily removable and accessible from the front panel, so swapping out a
> failed drive is a snap.
> In our tests, the Mark I practically set itself up, automatically
> taking its IP address from the DSL modem and configuring DHCP
> addresses for the four workstations. Having the IP number showing on
> the convenient front-panel display made it easy to get into the
> browser-based WebConfig tool, where we set up a RAID-1 disk
> configuration and a Dynamic DNS service, a Web server, and a mail
> server, along with five user accounts. All of this took less than an
> With your purchase, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee (minus
> shipping costs), a 24-hour turnaround on a replacement product in case
> of failure, the Dynamic DNS service, and free software (including OS)
> downloads. Toll-free tech-support lines are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
> ET daily.
> Evan M. Inker (New York) x. 4615
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