Archive for August, 2009

GRUB 1.97 beta1

August 30, 2009

GNU GRUB 1.97 beta1 is out. Give it a shot!

conspiracy unveiled

August 7, 2009

Finally, proof that there’s a secret pact between Microsoft, Sun, IBM, Intel and Yahoo. This was in my mailbox today morning:

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New maintainers for GNU GRUB

August 5, 2009

Just a quick note to mention that Pavel Roskin and I have been appointed maintainers for GNU GRUB. We will share the burden of GRUB maintenance with Marco Gerards and Yoshinori Okuji-san, who in recent times have had very little time to dedicate to GRUB matters.

Feel free to send us your condolences :-)

My view on Linus Torvalds’ statement

August 5, 2009

Maybe you’ve heard of this recent statement from Linus Torvalds. It goes like this:

I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease. I believe in open development, and that very much involves not just making the source open, but also not shutting other people and companies out.

People tend to focus in the first paragraph, which I find by far the least relevant. I mean, of course hatred is a disease. And it’s really nothing specific to Microsoft. But let’s read on:

There are ‘extremists’ in the free software world, but that’s one major reason why I don’t call what I do ‘free software’ any more. I don’t want to be associated with the people for whom it’s about exclusion and hatred.”

This is where Linus’ goes intimate. One could say it is intentional, but I see it more as a kind of slip. You see, in Torvalds’ mind, if you speak about free software instead of open source, there’s this danger that they will associate you with exclusion and hatred! His view of the world is very simple and straightforwarded: Either you completely avoid the freedom rethoric, or you’re full of hate.

In Torvalds’ mind it’s not conceivable that one could care about freedom out of love and not hate. It’s not conceivable that one could stand to defend his and everyone else’s rights out of compassion, without hating the person who would take them away. That is the view of an extremist.

It’s very unfortunate that people pay so much attention to Torvalds, as if he was some kind of visionary. Reality is that he’s just a very skilled hacker with delusions of grandeur and complete carelessness about ethics or morality.