recent proclamations about the 15th birthday of Linux.
"This is one of the most profound strengths of free software - that the software is never really finished, with the corollary that it is also never really *not* finished. Huge quantum jumps are rare: mostly it's more granular.
That's why I think it's misguided to celebrate Linux 1.0: it gives the impression that free software is like any other proprietary bit of code, rubbish until you hit the magic release number, and somehow finished when you do. If you want to celebrate Linux (and that's an eminently sensible thing to do), the only possible date to choose is when the project was started - after all, that's what the "birth" bit in birthday means. The trouble is, even that date doesn't exist.
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