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Samizdat: And Other Issues Regarding the 'Source' of Open Source Code

Summary
Samizdat: And Other Issues Regarding the 'Source' of Open Source Code is a 2004 report by Kenneth Brown. The report suggests that the Linux kernel may have been created or distributed illegally and that open-source software may be generally subject to such abuses. The report states that the Linux kernel was written using copied source code from Minix and other resources acquired improperly or possibly illegally by Linus Torvalds. It also suggests that one can never be certain of the origins of open source code, so similar misuse of copyrighted code may exist for other open-source projects. Finally, it asserts that the GNU General Public License is bad for the economy. The book was greeted with widespread rejection by the technical world and was repudiated by many of its claimed sources. The prerelease has long been delisted from the distributor's site and the book was never given a proper release, although the prerelease PDF is available online. Arguments of the book The
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