November 16, 2000

Linus on Open Source, free software

Author: JT Smith

The Register interviews Linux godfather Linus Torvalds, asking him, among other things about Richard M. Stallman's insistance that free software is not Open Source. Linus responds: "That's OK. I don't like the politics, and RMS is way too political about it -- too black
and white. I'm more pragmatic. I don't want to get involved in those discussions. I
don't like the other side either, Eric Raymond also gets way overboard. There's a lot
of, basically, discussion about issues that shouldn't be issues at all.

At the same time I understand RMS and have to respect what he's trying to do. But
the same time I dislike it (laughs). It's something very honorable but at the same time


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