Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Mar 2012 22:47 UTC
Linux "If you meet Linus Torvalds, he comes off as a mild-mannered, down-to-earth Finnish-American. He lives with his wife Tove, three kids, a cat, a dog, a snake, a goldfish, a bunny and a pet rat in a comfortable 6000 square foot home just north of Portland's tony Lake Oswego neighborhood. The house is yellow - his favorite color - and so's the Mercedes. But he's not really like any of his neighbors. He drives his Mercedes fast, slamming the car into gear and flooring it. There's no coaxing, no hesitation. Either the hammer is down, or the car is at rest. And he has an abnormal number of stuffed penguins on his mantle." Yup, sounds like the to-the-point Fin we all know and love.
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RE: I like Linus
by Lennie on Wed 21st Mar 2012 00:22 UTC in reply to "I like Linus"
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Stallman strong believes have done a lot of the world.

Without it, Linux wouldn't exist in it's current form.

Just as an example gcc. It might not produce the best performing code. But it does produce code for a lot of architectures.

Do you think NetBSD would be available on that many platforms without gcc ?

I doubt Creative Commons would have even existed without his ideas.

Just see how many Creative Commons works there are just on Flickr alone:

Without Creative Commons Wikipedia might not exist either.

Those are some of the things that popped into my head, I'm sure there are better examples.

It seems to me even Thom had to change his mind:

People complain about articles about patents on OSNews, maybe without Stallman it would have been even worse.

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