Frank Zappa's Influence on Linux
Jun 03, 2010, 12:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller)
[ Thanks to Tom
Dunlap for this link. ]
""Bitchen" sounds totally Valley Girl right? The sort
of speech pattern that, like, gags you with a spoon, right? The
link two sentences back is to a YouTube (sound-only) version of the
original Frank Zappa song that started the whole Valley Girl thing,
with the Valley Girl talk in the song supplied by his daughter Moon
"Grody to the max, right? Whatever.
"And all this Zappa stuff has what, exactly, to do with Linux?
Zappa may have been as much of an influence on Linux and FOSS
development as LSD was on Apple, although the Zappa influence on
Linux isn't thought about as much as the Apple-counterculture
"An awful lot of people were responsible for the early growth of
GNU/Linux and Free and Open Source Software, most of whom were not
famous like Linus Torvalds or Richard M. Stallman. One of them,
Clay Claiborne of Cosmos Engineering, was the first person to sell
Linux pre-loaded on a hard drive. This may not sound like a big
deal now, in 2010, but back in the dial-up 1990s, when most Linux
distros came on stacks of floppies, this was a major step forward
for GNU/Linux usability."