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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RE[4]: Why not
by DigitalAxis on Sat 21st Nov 2009 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why not"
DigitalAxis
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The prize is for improving the outlook for peace in the world. Obama, just by replacing Bush improved the outlook and possibility for peace in the world by a large margin. By those standards, maybe he deserved it, maybe not.


I understand (at least on an intellectual level) that Obama's administration has improved the prospects for world peace and the standing of the United States in the eyes of the world, but there are still more people who are taking an active role in the betterment of society. I mean, did they give Chilean President Aylwin Azócar awards for not being Pinochet?*

As for this award, if they wanted to give it to anyone in the software world, I'd go with the FSF over Torvalds. But then again, I'm sure a cursory search of the Internet would reveal more deserving candidates.

* Actually, depending on how you want to interpret his Wikipedia article, they did. But he also had a lot to do with getting rid of the dictatorship.

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