FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Posted Oct 2, 2006 11:25 UTC (Mon) by mingo
In reply to: FSF is SOLVING a problem that did not exist 10 years ago
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
We should not only have the ability to see the process, but also the ability to modify it.
Huh ? Can you do it with Linux ?
yes, i can do it with Linux, and more than that, i have already done it with Linux. You can fork Linux anytime, and people do, routinely. If Linus messes up then people just take over. It's very easy to do.
If Linus does not like your approach - he'll write thing himself and your contributions will be thrown away. Linux will include the things Linus likes and only things Linus likes.
Please let me just prove how wrong you are, with real events. Linus wrote this about "Priority Inheritance":
"Friends don't let friends use priority inheritance.
Just don't do it. If you really need it, your system is broken anyway."
So by your logic, Linux would have no Priority Inheritance until Linus maintained it, because he monopolizes the decision process and goes against patches that he feels strongly about?
How come then that just 9 months after Linus wrote that, the v2.6.18 Linux kernel added support for priority inheritance?
And i could list dozens of examples. So far I have yet to see any technical issue over which Linus isnt keeping an open mind. Even if the end-result is embarrasing to the position he took earlier. Even hugely embarrasing sometimes. (Those are the dangers of an open decision process.)
And why is it so? Because Linus has no control over forks, and he has no unfair advantage. (He does actually know quite a few things about Linux and he is also a very good maintainer, so that is a real advantage he has over forks - but anyone with better abilities can replace him and the barriers to that are low.)
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