2008-09-02

Stephen Fry on Free Software

The only thing that is slightly worrying is that the GNU people got to Stephen Fry and sold him the whole GNU-centric view of Linux -- giving people the (false) impression that Linus Thorvalds somehow set out to provide a kernel for the GNU system.

He didn't.

He set out to make an OS that he could goof around with and he happened to like the GNU Public License and he happened to use some GNU tools, and as luck would have it, Linux happened to become popular.

To be honest, I think Richard Stallmann is being a bit of a bastard to, indirectly (if we're kind), claim credit for Linux. It is not the polite thing to do. I cringe with embarassment every time Stallmann does this.

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