Posted Apr 30, 2008 18:07 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: ELC: Morton and Saxena on working with the kernel community
Parent article: ELC: Morton and Saxena on working with the kernel community
That doesn't look like a true democracy to me. For me the ultimate test to check if something is a democracy is: can a subverter (e.g. someone like Fidel Castro) do it and claim that it is still a democracy? In this case the kernel doesn't pass muster; Castro might subvert a system without written rules.
Not that it is necessarily a bad thing; as others have said, as long as anyone can elect to be out of the process it has to be a fair process or languish. That is better than a democracy IMHO.
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