As far as I can tell, the owner of that patent intends to make sure nobody makes money off his "great idea" except him. Nevermind that it is absurdly obvious to anyone who knows anything about how operating systems really work, and nevermind that there's prior art from(at least) Sun and a few research labs that had RT capable versions of unix back in the early 90s.
Sure, he offered a free license to anyone using the GPL, but in the real time market, the GPL is as good as a death sentence for any kind of profits; anyone who really needs RT does not need a support hotline or a box with an instruction manual.
The truth is that this patent is worse than the one click, because at least one click is a trivial convenience feature; good old Victor is preventing legitimate OS research and development efforts solely on the basis of the fact that someone other than him might profit by them, and he's doing it on the basis of nothing more than having had an idea that probably occurs to anyone taking a Unix-centric OS theory class at least once during a semester.
That said, I could care less from a personal standpoint, because realtime versions of unix are a stupid idea anyway. If you really need realtime, you won't be using unix, and if you don't, then quit wasting time with "soft realtime" systems that half-ass work and just get yourself an extra machine to run those critical jobs on. I occasionally disagree quite strongly with the man, but this is one place where Linus Torvalds has it right. (Now, if only he'd admit that GNU software is a bunch of shit and get some of his countless minions to work on an alternative toolchain and a port of the BSD userland...)
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie
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