Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software
Posted Nov 9, 2012 8:39 UTC (Fri) by epeeist
Parent article: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software
Let's step to the side and consider this from a different angle: Imagine that someone made Linus' perfect desktop environment. Something that satisfied him entirely and which he could happily talk about whenever he felt like it. Would that environment be interesting and useful for the general public,or would it be something great for kernel developers and grumpy-heads like Linus?
It would be an interesting piece of information for those who have similar usage patterns to Linus. In this case Linus is a proper authority with a strong track record.
In the more general case, then Siego is right Linus' usage is a single data point amongst a large number of others, he holds no particular authority when it comes to, for example, the use of KDE applications such as Digikam or Amarok and to claim he did so would be to commit an argumentum ad verecundiam
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