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MLUG.CA: The Linux Conspiracy

Jun 22, 2002, 07:00 (15 Talkback[s])
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"The current understanding of the genesis of Linux is that 11 years ago, in Helsinki, Finland, a university student named Linus Torvalds began to write code for a new operating system. Within a few years there were thousands of programmers and software developers around the world all working on Linux. We are told that they created a world class system without the benefits of direct salaries, incentives to produce lines of code, hierarchical project management or oversight. Surely this must seem implausible to some; perhaps to a few it would appear downright impossible.

"I began to wonder if there wasn't some intelligence guiding the process, some kind of mastermind directing things invisibly from behind the scenes, much as Professor Moriarty controlled the criminal element in London a century ago. The more I thought about it the more it became clear to me that the development of Linux was not as it seemed on the surface. It had to be the product of a master plan that was long in the making and for a purpose I could not yet discern..."

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