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"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

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: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

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:

http://www.osnews.com/story/25469/Richard_Stallman_Was_Right_All_Al...

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

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RE[2]: I like Linus
by WorknMan on Wed 21st Mar 2012 00:57 in reply to "RE: I like Linus"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


Stallman's strong beliefs haven't done shit for the world. Stallman (and his followers) wrote a lot of code and then gave it away, and THAT did a lot for the world. Linus did the same thing as Stallman, but doesn't have the same religious beliefs. In other words, if we'd have had more CODE from the FSF and less religion over the years from them, they'd probably have gotten a lot further than they are now.

Even some of the most religious fanatics have done good works, but that doesn't say anything about the validity of their religion. If a bunch of Christians (or Muslims) set up and run a homeless shelter, does that mean their god is real?

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


What does patents have to do with software licenses? Especially since even open source projects like Android are getting sued for patent violations. That is a COMPLETELY separate issue. Just because somebody patents 'slide to unlock' and sues over it doesn't mean the world needs to stop using non-free software.

Edited 2012-03-21 00:59 UTC

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RE[3]: I like Linus
by Lennie on Wed 21st Mar 2012 09:02 in reply to "RE[2]: I like Linus"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Without his beliefs, Stallman wouldn't have created that code.

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RE[3]: I like Linus
by r_a_trip on Wed 21st Mar 2012 12:52 in reply to "RE[2]: I like Linus"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Just because somebody patents 'slide to unlock' and sues over it doesn't mean the world needs to stop using non-free software.

Need is a strong word. But if every end user rejected proprietary software, there wouldn't be proprietary outfits left who think patenting 'slide to unlock' is a good thing.

There is no particular incentive to patent stuff if your own licensing stipulates that patent grants are perpetual, sub-licensable, worldwide and royalty free.

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RE[3]: I like Linus
by kwan_e on Wed 21st Mar 2012 15:12 in reply to "RE[2]: I like Linus"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"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.


Stallman's strong beliefs haven't done shit for the world. Stallman (and his followers) wrote a lot of code and then gave it away, and THAT did a lot for the world. Linus did the same thing as Stallman, but doesn't have the same religious beliefs. In other words, if we'd have had more CODE from the FSF and less religion over the years from them, they'd probably have gotten a lot further than they are now.

Even some of the most religious fanatics have done good works, but that doesn't say anything about the validity of their religion. If a bunch of Christians (or Muslims) set up and run a homeless shelter, does that mean their god is real?
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Firstly, I say Stallman and the FSF has done more than most religions in terms of contributing positively to humanity.

Secondly, you keep using religion to describe the activities of the FSF, but an actual explanation of why it's an accurate description is conspicuously absent. Just because everyone says it is doesn't make it so.

Thirdly, the FSF does more than code. Raising awareness is very important. In case you haven't noticed in the past 20 years, lobbyists have forcibly injected politics into technological issues and you'd be fool to focus on the code while your freedom to move is being taken from you.

Fourthly, your last argument is just pathetic and irrelevant. The FSF and Stallman's activities have measurable impact as a direct result of their stated goals. Your last argument is irrelevant and is no more than an excuse to restate that you think they're religions without having to back up that argument.

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


What does patents have to do with software licenses? Especially since even open source projects like Android are getting sued for patent violations. That is a COMPLETELY separate issue. Just because somebody patents 'slide to unlock' and sues over it doesn't mean the world needs to stop using non-free software.
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Patents have everything to do with copyright because they are forced into the Intellectual Property umbrella which is a debatable concept, but nonetheless exists due to lobbying.

Technically, you are right, but the people seeking to take away basic freedoms aren't playing a technical game. They are playing a political game.

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RE[2]: I like Linus
by demetrioussharpe on Wed 21st Mar 2012 05:11 in reply to "RE: I like Linus"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

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


In short, yes.

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RE[3]: I like Linus
by henderson101 on Wed 21st Mar 2012 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: I like Linus"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

BSD already existed before GNU, the only difference would be the compiler chain, really.

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