LK2008: The values of the Linux community
Posted Oct 10, 2008 22:40 UTC (Fri) by JoeBuck
Parent article: LK2008: The values of the Linux community
Linux developers accomplished great things, but despite philosophical differences, they aren't really that separate or distinct from the developers who do the GNU tools and libraries they rely on; in fact, there's a substantial overlap between contributors to the Linux kernel, and contributors to critical GNU/FSF packages like GCC, glibc, and the binutils.
In the past, the FSF projects have been impaired less by an emphasis on freedom-as-ideology than an overly centralized management style, but that's shifted a great deal, and the success of the Linux development style has been largely responsible. These days, there are plenty of contributors to FSF-owned projects who don't agree with the FSF's full agenda any more than Linus does; likewise, there are plenty of free software purists contributing to the Linux kernel. And even RMS is more of a pragmatist than he is often given credit for.
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