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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RE[3]: Clarification
by Get a Life on Thu 28th Sep 2006 00:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Clarification"
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Yes, I'm aware that OSI coined the term "open source." However starting OSI and starting the "open source movement" are different things, because the latter is just a marketing term for something that predates 1998. If I coined the term snafflebleur to mean "open source" and people started calling it "snafflebleur" I wouldn't have started the movement.

It's not a matter of disliking ESR, it's a matter of differentiating between what ESR was part of and what the summary suggests. It's like Al Gore being credited with inventing the Internet. I certainly don't respect Eric, because quite honestly I think he's a faker whose technical skills are dwarfed by a CS intern, and reading his book The Art of UNIX Programming only reinforced that, but I can keep my opinion of him distinct from history.

Being an Internet cheerleader just isn't important for the board of a business. If anything his more nutty positions--that I tend to ignore because they're insignificant to me--make him a target for derision by the mainstream. However he isn't highly visible outside of a comparatively small realm. It's not 1999 anymore. You certainly won't find CNN Money talking about this the way they would Eric Schmidt joining Apple's board of directors.

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