Does Linux Violate The Microsoft EULA?

Fake News written by James Baughn on Sunday, April 1, 2001

from the the-tables-have-turned dept.

Over the years rumors have circulated throughout the Linux community that Microsoft has been using GPL'd code in their products. What many people don't realize is that similar rumors have been circulating throughout Microsoft's World Headquarters in Redmond that the Linux kernel has been using EULA'd code.

In a press release issued just minutes ago, Microsoft publicly accused Linus Torvalds of "piracy" by using copyrighted code from Windows in the Linux kernel.

"The Linux kernel is clearly in violation of the Microsoft End User License Agreement," stated the press release. "We cannot divulge the exact code that Linus Torvalds has stolen, but our stock holders can rest assured that we are working around the clock on rectifying this latest example of cyber piracy committed by Napster-loving freaks that embrace Communism."

We contacted our mole within Microsoft, who sent the following response via secure channel (by pigeon):

I'm afraid it's all true. EULA'd Microsoft code is actually used in the Linux kernel. Line 584 of solitaire.c for Windows 98 contains the line:

return 0;

This same code snippet is used extensively throughout the Linux kernel. As far as I know, no piece of GPL'd Linux code is used within Windows 95 or its derivatives. This should be obvious, though. If Windows was based on Linux code, then it wouldn't be nearly as unstable! Duh!

Linus Torvalds and Richard M. Stallman were both unavailable for comment at press time.

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