Is Linux For Losers?
June 18, 2005 Leave a comment
An article entitled “Is Linux For Losers?” recently ran in Forbes magazine. Theo really does have a way with people, doesn't he? While he can come off a bit harsh at time, he is often correct. One thing that struck me as odd about the article though was that Theo never said that Linux was for Losers. Looking into the author, Dan Lyons, it seems like he doesn't really care for Linux (or Open Source in general). Seems to me he probably sought out Theo (who he knew he could get some choice quotes from), put a controversial title on the article and bam – instant story. I really don't know how articles like this get published sometimes. One of the choice quotes from the article:
“It's terrible,” De Raadt says. “Everyone is using it, and they don't realize how bad it is. And the Linux people will just stick with it and add to it rather than stepping back and saying, 'This is garbage and we should fix it.'”
The response from Linus is once again all class and composure: “Torvalds, via e-mail, says De Raadt is “difficult” and declined to comment further. “
One final thing I noticed that struck me as funny. The article contains a testimonial from someone who switched from Linux to OpenBSD because of a comment in the code (side note: if you switch your OS because of a comment and not because of the code, that's insane). From the article: You know what I found? Right in the kernel, in the heart of the operating system, I found a developer's comment that said, 'Does this belong here?' “Lok says. “What kind of confidence does that inspire? Right then I knew it was time to switch.”
Guess what. The OpenBSD code contains an identical comment.