"I don't think that Linus was out of bounds saying this
publicly, either. That's another strength of F/OSS: the ability to
engage in open discourse. Compare and contrast how Linus approached
it and how the "Linux Hater Blog" style writers do it, though.
Linus is using his noggin, being honest and being analytical. That
is cool in my book, and I'm confident that when Linus reinstalls
his OS in '09, we'll win his attention back; KDE 4 has become just
that good. One thing he wasn't in that interview was
confrontational and repugnantly rude.
"Interestingly, when I said something similarly even handed,
accurate but negative about Canonical and Ubuntu in the media once,
I got a serious "spanking" in private by the Canonical people and
as a result people from other distros chided me as well. ("Don't
make waves, Aaron!") This is where the cracks in our community
start to show. We need to be willing to accept cross-talk between