Church-Turing thesis
June 17, 2004 6:22 AM   Subscribe

Of course 5 years from now that will be different, but 5 years from now everyone will be running free GNU on their 200 MIPS, 64M SPARCstation-5.


Seriously though, this post seems slightly misleading - granted, Tanenbaum and Torvalds are discussing the future of kernel design, but their discussion is twelve years old. Are you posting it for its technical content, cultural/historical value, or purely for amusement?
posted by cohappy at 6:43 AM on June 17, 2004

i saw this on slashdot. around 1997. it was a double post then.
posted by quonsar at 6:46 AM on June 17, 2004

Well, this does have some implications with a current, well, hatchet-job book released by the Alexis de Toqueville Institute. Come with me on a journey through Slashdot:
  1. Ken Brown writes a book saying, among other things, Linus couldn't have possibly written Linux. He was just a dumb kid, and all. Linux is too complex, and works too well for it not to have other people's IP in it.
  2. Linus responded
  3. Andy Tanenbaum responds to Ken Brown
  4. The consultant hired to do the code comparison between MINIX and Linux by Ken Brown states that we should 'pay no attention to this man'. (There was no stolen code, either.)
  5. Ken Brown responds
  6. Andy Tanenbaum rebuts Ken Brown
So that was fun. Basically AdeT is partly funded by Microsoft, so it appears that this is just FUD. When the programmer of MINIX says that Linus didn't steal anything, and your whole book is based around the premise that Linus stole from MINIX, you are pretty much screwed.
posted by plemeljr at 6:59 AM on June 17, 2004

-1 redundant
posted by angry modem at 6:59 AM on June 17, 2004

plemeljr, that was fun. thanks!
posted by mr.marx at 7:48 AM on June 17, 2004

First post!
posted by tommasz at 8:24 AM on June 17, 2004

Imagine a beowulf cluster of th...
*chokes on own entrails*
posted by spazzm at 8:30 AM on June 17, 2004

Hot grits!
posted by five fresh fish at 8:52 AM on June 17, 2004

Thanks plemeljr! That was very educational. (thanks to TFYLM as well)
posted by shoepal at 9:14 AM on June 17, 2004

This was funny. Has it been posted here before? And plemeljr comment I think helps give it some more relevance if people thing 12 year old discussions aren't amusing.
posted by chunking express at 9:26 AM on June 17, 2004

i've lost the link, but even Microsoft is actively distancing themselves from the Torquemada, I mean Toqueville, report. was on /. a couple of days ago (of course)
posted by dvdgee at 9:48 AM on June 17, 2004

Ya down with LBT?
Yeah you know me...

Benedict, eh?
posted by NortonDC at 8:49 PM on June 17, 2004

I found this informative, even though it was old.

posted by loquacious at 11:49 PM on June 17, 2004

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