Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Sep 2006 13:59 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linspire In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond - one of the co-founders of the open-source movement - has joined the Freespire Leadership Board. Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms. He believes the PC vendors' embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which if missed, may not come along again for many years.
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What does ESR bring to the table?
by porcel on Wed 27th Sep 2006 14:26 UTC
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ESR sure has an extraordinary opinion of himself. I had to laugh when I read this nonsense: "One of the co-founders of the open-source movement."

The "Open-Source" movement did not need to be founded because it existed well before ESR or anyone else tried to give a business-friendly name to it. In fact, it wasn't even ESR himself who coined the term "open source". The only useful thing that ESR did was writing "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", which is a pretty good book in its own terms.

But he is been living off his self-infatuation for too long and needs to be called on it. What can ESR possibly do for Freespire/Linspire? What is significant about him joining anything?

Had this been Linus, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, A. Seigo, Waldo Bastian, T. de Raadt, that would have been interesting and significant.

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