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Succession Matters for Linux (And Everyone Else)

Apr 08, 2008, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by A.P. Lawrence)

"At Linux in the long run I expressed the opinion that Linux in general could suffer when Linus Torvalds steps aside or dies. That opinion is generally unpopular with the Linux community, but I think it's defensible...

"The 'succession doesn't matter' arguments boil down to demonstrating that Linus Torvalds doesn't do all that much now, so succession really won't change much. Defenders are also quick to argue that Linux is only responsible for the kernel anyway and that most of the obstacles to widespread popularity come in other areas, like the Desktop. Those arguments definitely have truth in them, but there's more to it..."

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