Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 08:52 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The HURD was meant to be the true kernel at the heart of the GNU operating system. The promise behind the HURD was revolutionary -- a set of daemons on top of a microkernel that was intended to surpass the performance of the monolithic kernels of traditional Unix systems and in doing so, give greater security, freedom and flexibility to the users -- but it has yet to come down to earth.
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It would be ironic, you have to admit. Look at the history. By itself, the Linux kernel may have well ended as a student's obscure pet project. It was the GNU userland and the GPL license that combined with it to make it what it is today. And those were both Stallman's brain-children.

I dig what the man says. The public at large will always be just consummers. They take stuff and use it and spare no thought for what went into making it. We all do it, to some degree.

One day Linux will indeed become mainstream (some might say that day has arrived) and people will use it just like they use Windows or Macs, without even knowing what FOSS is and how it changed the world. For someone who was there during the 90's, it's extremely ironic.

There's examples in the world all around us. Think about all kinds of human rights that people fought and died for, and how we just take them for granted.

Edited 2010-07-01 14:16 UTC

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