Posted Sep 20, 2007 6:10 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: The case of the unwelcome attribution
Parent article: The case of the unwelcome attribution
It is certainly true that BSD has, at least since the late '80s, been subject to extreme personality clashes of the sort that make the great LKML conflicts seem positively tame. I am told that OpenBSD, for example, started after Theo cracked into the NetBSD repository he has just been shut out of, and backed out most of the patches he had previously committed. It is equally true that many of the people who work on a BSD are polite to a fault (at least in person), and tend to be a bit embarrassed by their colleagues' behavior.
I can see reasons for the the behavior. First and foremost, Linux serves as a common enemy that is much nearer to hand than Microsoft is to us; BSDers suffer more displacement by Linux than by Microsoft. Second, Theo acts in the role of a cult leader, so his followers are encouraged to froth as he does. Third, the real vitriol is by those people who don't really have much else to do, Theo aside.
In case it's not clear yet, there would have been no legal problem with applying the patches as posted, despite what Theo insists. The OpenBSD people should be thankful that the Linux people were so gracious as to bow to their wishes.
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