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
czayas
Member since:
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I specifically mentioned the FSF in the article. If they were indeed crazy enough to do this, then I suggest giving it to the FSF and Linus Torvalds, as a split.

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czayas Member since:
2009-04-09

Pardon my ignorance, but can the Nobel Prize be awarded to organizations as well as to people?

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da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

If you want them to give the Nobel prize to a guy who created a Unix-like operating system kernel, you should give your vote to Linus (or perhaps to some of the *BSD developers). But if you want them to give the Nobel prize to a guy who has initiated the idea that all software should be free for everyone to use, to share, and to modify, then RMS is the man you should give your vote to.

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rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

That would be great as they are two figures who together embody the positive aspects and character of open source software.

Personally, I approve of someone connected with FOSS being nominated. Apart from the good that GNU/Linux has done the world, FOSS development communities have been an intriguing and admirable example of international cooperation.

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emilsedgh Member since:
2007-06-21

Freedom ang GPL are just a development model and a lincense to Linus. On the other hand, to rms, they bring freedom. freedom not for good development and business model, but for the sake of freedom.

rms deserves that, not linus.

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