SoftPanorama.org: Portraits of Open Source Pioneers ReduxApr 16, 2001, 20:30 (5 Talkback[s])
"...I think that it's simply funny when Linus Torvalds call this process of rewriting existing kernel "inventing Linux". I would partially agree that Unix was invented (C language was a pretty original blend of BCPL and PL/1; several key ideas like hierarchical filesystem, pipes and regular expressions were not present in Multix which was a prototype for Unix). But Linux was a plain vanilla reengineering project. And if Linus Torvalds can be called a revolutionary, he is a political not technical revolutionary similar to Newt Gingrich, the author of the "Contract with America" thing (fight corruption, waste in government spendins, tax reform and a balanced budget, etc.). In no way Linux can be called a technological advance: classic monolithic kernel+C as implementation language means that Linux is based upon CS orthodoxy and as such is less innovative than, say, Plan 9 or Be OS, or Amiga. This neo-conservative orthodoxy of Linux zealots -- the fundamental resistance to anything non-traditional or, god forbid, developed by Microsoft, makes Linux success really a neo-conservative type of success. Although it serves as an alternative to Microsoft OSes, Linux really inhibits grows of alternative OSes like Be OS, and thus contributes to the lack of diversity, and ultimately lack of innovation in operating system market."