Big Business backs Linux

Michael Haney thezorch at
Mon Dec 6 08:19:26 GMT 2010

On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 2:30 AM, Samuel Thurston <sam.thurston at> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 11:33 PM, Fred A. Miller <fmiller at> wrote:
>> Big Business backs Linux
>> Open-source software development has become corporate software development.
>> Deal with it.
> I guess i'm surprised this is news.  Greg Kroah-Hartmann has been
> giving talks at LPC for years where he breaks down the contributors,
> and it's been that way for some time.  However the numbers don't
> *really* support the story: "unknown," academics, and TLF, probably
> consultants too, would all fit the label of individuals. combined they
> total 11.6% and would be the second largest contributor.
> Also I think it's important to note that these numbers are pure
> patch-commit-count and don't address size or complexity of the patches
> at all.
> GKH may be familiar to you for raising a stink about the fact that
> canonical was FAR down the list a few years ago despite having a
> business model that depended upon the kernel similarly to Red Hat.  It
> is my understanding that this situation has improved somewhat since.
> I'll be watching the Novell number closely over the next year
> myself... but I expect their contribution to increase, as MS attempts
> to poison the well... err... embrace and extend.

The Law of Attraction tells us that "what you resist persists".  The
more Microsoft and other parties try to kill Linux and FOSS the
stronger Linux and FOSS will become.  As more people come to believe
in the ideals of FOSS and its community they will attract others of
like minds, and together through the Law of Attraction they will make
Linux and FOSS both stronger, and its Microsoft that will diminish.  I
see a day when they will become irrelevant.  The company won't go away
altogether, but they'll loose a considerable amount of the power they
have right now.  I feel this will happen within our lifetime, we're
starting to see the beginnings of it already.

Michael "TheZorch" Haney
"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking
of morality by religion." ~ Arthur C. Clarke
"The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and
politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there is no place
for it in the endeavor of science. " ~ Carl Sagan

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