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Choices and Punishment

Jan 26, 2009, 13:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Seigo)

"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 ourselves."

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