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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Back to the topic: In 1997, Eric S. Raymond said: "Release early, release often. And listen to your customers." Linus did that (instinctively, years before ESR said it.). The result is above. The FSF did not.

I really wish people would stop giving esr credit for that. He was just the first guy who wrote it down in a public place, and he only really covered one side of it. In 1997, Kent Beck was in the middle of writing Extreme Programming (which takes a more holistic approach to quick release cycles then ESR did), which was itself a codifying of what the smalltalk guys were doing years before that.

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