"The forthcoming autobiography from Linux Torvalds, creator of
the Linux operating system and figurehead of the open source
movement, Just For Fun, promises to cast a shadow over Apple's
newly released OS X, which Torvalds describes in less than
"'Frankly, I think it's a piece of crap,' Torvalds says of Mach,
the microkernel on which Apple's new operating system is based. 'It
contains all the design mistakes you can make, and manages to even
make up a few of its own.'"
"Torvald's comments promise to upset not just Apple fanatics,
but also some quarters of the free software movement. The Mach
microkernel is also being used as the core of Hurd, a kernel
project from the Free Software Foundation that will be an
alternative to Linux as the heart of the GNU (Gnu's Not Unix)
operating system, originally devised by free software advocate
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