Why this route?
Posted Sep 25, 2006 23:24 UTC (Mon) by h2
In reply to: Why this route?
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Exactly what I thought when I read that groklaw thread, but it became increasingly clear that the shrill, near hysterical, almost totally irrational voice I was reading was in fact Linus himself. If he was aiming to impress anyone with his arguments or clear reasoning he certainly failed in my case, and I used to respect him much more than I do now, after reading that thread. He showed a bit too much there if you ask me, and the fact that he had bad enough judgement to do that in the first place is also revealing.
I remember well a different Linus, who refused to take credit for the kernel, laughingly saying he just managed to get that credit by absorbing great work from others. That was a Linus I respected, this new Linus 2.0 is one I could happily never read another word from again.
The fact that the people he works with most closely agree with his position should not be surprising, and should not be considered grounds for discussion in the first place. What else would you expect? Of course the core guys more or less see eye to eye with Linus, otherwise they wouldn't be core guys. This has no more significance than polling a position at the democratic or republican or libertarian national political convention then using the results to show broad support for your position.
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