Linus on kernel management style
Posted Oct 7, 2004 16:02 UTC (Thu) by AJWM
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Interesting point -- and Linux (or rather, free/open source software) is the only entity that could get away with a slogan or "vision statement" like "World Domination". Think of the negative reaction to any commercial outfit that espoused that.
Linux can get away with it simply because there is no power to coerce, no underhanded bait'n'switch, no hiding crap under a polished cover. The only way(*) it can achieve "world domination" is by being the *best*, so good at what it does that no sane person would choose anything else. That latter is more like the vision statement that marketing come up with (and even then it's a bit strong). The phrase "world domination" appeals because it has an element of "ha ha, only serious" to it: nobody *really* takes it seriously, but wouldn't it be neat if...
(*)Most free software proponents would be horrified at the thought of achieving that domination by, say, getting laws passed that *mandate* only Linux, etc, be used -- although a few might like the idea.
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