Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Nov 2009 17:11 UTC
Linux Now this is one to ponder. This year, the Nobel Peace Prize went to Barack Obama, president of the United States. The prize has been given to both politicians and non-politicians alike, and Keith Lofstrom thinks its time to hand over the Peace Prize to a non-politician once more: Linus Torvalds.
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Why Linus Torvalds and why not RMS?
by czayas on Fri 20th Nov 2009 18:05 UTC
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2009-04-09

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned before that Richard Stallman is the sole representative of the FLOSS community worthy of an award of that nature. RMS may not be liked by many people, but nobody can dispute that it was he who almost single-handedly started the free software movement, based on ethical principles, not practical ones as in the case of Linus Torvalds. Since 1984, RMS has devoted his life to follow these principles.

Excerpted from one of his articles:

"Every decision a person makes stems from the person's values and goals. People can have many different goals and values; fame, profit, love, survival, fun, and freedom, are just some of the goals that a good person might have. When the goal is a matter of principle, we call that idealism.

My work on free software is motivated by an idealistic goal: spreading freedom and cooperation. I want to encourage free software to spread, replacing proprietary software that forbids cooperation, and thus make our society better."

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/pragmatic.html

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