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Kuro5hin: Is Linus Torvalds too powerful?

Mar 23, 2001, 08:06 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mikael Pawlo)

"Linus Torvalds is very powerful in my opinion. The media has his attention. The hacker community has his attention. He is the uberguru of the GNU Linux kernel development."

"Stanford professor Larry Lessig says that code is law. According to Lessig, the architectures of cyberspace are as important as the law in defining and defeating the liberties of the Net. If code is law, then Linus Torvalds must be the legislator. Is Linus Torvalds too powerful?"

"A columnist in the Swedish equivalent of Computerworld argued yesterday that Linus Torvalds should resign from the throne of GNU Linux development. He should, according to the columnist Jesper Ek of Spider Education, be replaced by a consortium of IBM and Compaq and other major players. This to ensure stability and to keep deadlines that can't be kept by "jolt drinking hackers."

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