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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 11:20 UTC (Fri) by cyanit (guest, #86671)
Parent article: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Linus Torvalds is pretty much the only person in open source software that is both known and respected by almost everyone.


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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 17:53 UTC (Fri) by wirespot (guest, #87759) [Link]

I wouldn't say he's the only one. Eric Raymond and Richard Stallman readily spring to mind, as do many other names of people who are tied with FOSS, very well known and respected. And none of them has people agreeing 100% with them. Linus is arguably more likable than Stallman, for example, but he's still a strong personality and can be just as abrasive at times.

And it just goes to show that we need different views: Linux would not be what it is today if it wasn't for the visions of both Stallman and Linus, even though they are at odds on many things.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 18:41 UTC (Fri) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

There are a LOT of people who don't respect Eric Raymond and Richard Stallman. They are well known, but not nearly as widely respected.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 20:24 UTC (Fri) by tuna (guest, #44480) [Link]

Compared to the other people you mentioned, Thorvalds has actually produced code in the last 20 years.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 18:49 UTC (Fri) by andrel (guest, #5166) [Link]

Don Knuth.


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