Linux sets the standard.
Posted Sep 22, 2005 19:25 UTC (Thu) by cventers
Parent article: Reiser4 and kernel inclusion
I certainly don't "own Linux" or have the opportunity to contribute as
much as I'd like to, which means my opinion carries no actual weight.
However, I object to the statement "Linux is not an experimental or
research-oriented system". True - the quality of the system as a whole is
not experimental, and great emphasis is put on making the most robust
production system possible.
But Linux is a UNIX *clone*, and its vast and multiplying market share
have given it the opportunity to set the standard for the future.
Backwards compatibility is absolutely essential, but as long as we're not
abandoning the core tenants of UNIX that have carried it so many years,
why not utilize our market share and the excellent pool of available
genius to advance computing as a whole?
Eric Raymond once said that Microsoft's shoddy products and corrupt
business practices set the computing industry back ten years. I couldn't
agree more. But I think Linux and the rest of Open Source are in the
process of pushing it forward twenty years.
Hans has made some mistakes, and he doesn't share Linus's amazing talent
to peacefully lead a mob. Many of the objections raised by LKML need to
be addressed for Reiser4 to be merged. But objecting merely because of
political reasons, a dislike of Hans/Namesys, or the idea that Linux
isn't here to innovate, is totally retarded.
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