I guess my concern is about one of two possibilities; either that the usual flamage at the first big architectural decision would get resolved in some highly unsatisfactory way, or that there would never be a first big architectural decision for lack of sufficient consensus. I think most of the UNIXes I've seen have fallen to one of these two perils sooner or later. My belief is that Linus both through his solid control and through his engineering skill has been the biggest reason for Linux avoiding this so far.
It's probably just my academic SE background and lack of faith in the wonders of open source showing, but a contingency plan where "somebody will step up with something" makes me a teeny bit nervous.
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