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Re: [News] Linux Founder Disrespects Ancestors, Steals the Thunder

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____/ chrisv on Thursday 20 November 2008 14:46 : \____

> Homer wrote:
>>I assume he's advocating apathy, rather than outright support for
>>gangsters like Microsoft. The problem, or rather one of many problems,
>>with Torvalds analysis, is it ignores the possibility that sometimes an
>>issue /is/ "black and white". If Torvalds stopped preening in the mirror
>>long enough to take a look around, he'd see the full scale of the threat
>>Microsoft poses, not just against Linux, but in a much wider context
>>too. The fact that Torvalds is disinterested in Microsoft's unethical
>>behaviour, particularly when it's directed towards the community of
>>which he is supposedly a central part, should not mean that others
>>aren't justified in being outraged about such behaviour.
> Seems to me that he's just a technical person, and really doesn't want
> to get-into the ethics and/or politics of software.  Maybe he just
> doesn't "get" that part of it, or thinks that it's futile or
> counter-productive to engage in a war of words with Micro$oft.
> I tend to agree with what him on most matters, except I will say that
> I think that Micro$oft is an evil, immoral organization.  However, if
> I had as high a profile as he does, I may well choose not to discuss
> that side of things...

The best thing for one in his position is to not bother with 'politics'
(distraction) but not to dismiss those who do, either.

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education market, with the government’s assistance, to turn our state
university systems into private workforce training programs for Microsoft."
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