[ubuntu-uk] BBC Radio4 'open source' computer software

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Tue Jun 2 09:51:27 BST 2009

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 7:51 AM, Alan Bell
<alan.bell at theopenlearningcentre.com> wrote:
> Describing Linux as the first major piece of Open Source software is
> revisionist and a factual error. It really wouldn't have hurt to talk
> about Stallman, the FSF, the four freedoms and the GPL. In fact it would
> make a much better story.

Not very keen on the implication in the piece that you quoted that
Linus effectively worked alone in his bedroom and one day this "new"
Operating System just appeared by magic.  To accurately present the
origin of Linux one has to go right back to the folks at Berkeley in
the late 60s and early 70s.


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