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[ossig] [bytesforall_readers] What did Linus say when he started LINUX - Did he say that the OSS community needs a haircut and to dress for success?



What did Linus Torvalds say to the world while introducing Linux:

1991 - Linux is introduced by Linus Torvalds, a student in Finland and he
posted to the comp.os.minix newsgroup with the words: 
"Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system
(just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT
clones."
Source: http://www.computerhope.com/history/unix.htm 

Linus said "won't be big and professional like gnu" and someone was making
statements against the big and professional gnu and Richard Stallman being
dressed unprofessionally, very interesting. RMS has revolutionized the way
humanity perceived software, it feels really great to learn he was very
un-professional with long hair dressed in casuals and sandals walking the
path towards benefiting humanity in a manner the corporates perceive as
un-professional. Now that RMS's un-professional attitude has turned into a
global movement disrupting the trends and practices of traditional
proprietary software and has formulated into global Open ICT Ecosystem huge
and beneficial to humanity in nature. 

I believe the FOSS movement already has its ideals well defined and its
personalities well recognized and well documented, new members in the
movement should learn to respect the ideals, personalities and their
contributions and tend to work towards benefiting humanity and not only
promote commercialism or personal interests of establishing their own new
identities. They will have to go along way before they can achieve that. ODF
is an important issue, but the essence that Philips statement is generating
is not just another thing, its more of just an issue. 

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From: philipp [mailto:p@bokaap.net] 
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Subject: Re: [Idlelo2] Open source community needs a haircut and to dress
for success? Should I loose my Kurtas (long asian shirts), Jeans and Sandals

Some time ago I posted some rough/unedited notes from a presentation  
by Peter Quinn, ex CIO commonwealth of Massachusetts, in which he  
reports on the his state's decision to use an open standard document  
format for office productivity documents and the implications of that  
decision. I remember he did say something similar about ponytails and  
FOSS in the presentation ....

20 January 2006, Cologne City Hall, UNU-MERIT FLOSSPOLS workshop

The full notes are here -- http://bokaap.net/blog/?p=13


On 29 Mar 2006, at 11:42, Fouad Riaz Bajwa wrote:

> I found this interesting article posted by Dan Farber about a  
> statement made
> by Former Massachusetts Chief Information Officer Peter Quinn, who was
> deeply involved of the OpenDocument vs. Microsoft format debate,  
> has some
> advice for the open source community. If you want to get traction in
> commercial environments, lose the sandals and ponytails, Quinn  
> said. "Open
> source has an unprofessional appearance, and the community needs to  
> be more
> business-savvy in order to start to make inroads in areas  
> traditionally
> dominated by commercial software vendors. (Having) a face on a  
> project or
> agenda makes it attractive for politicians (to consider open source),"
>
> Read this article at: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/? 
> p=2780&tag=nl.e589 and
> forward me your comments :) Should I loose my Kurtas (long asian  
> shirts),
> Jeans and Sandals ;)
>
> Regards
> -----------------------
> Fouad Riaz Bajwa
> General Secretary - FOSS Advocate
> FOSSFP: Free & Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan R  
> Secretariat
> FOSS Resource Centre - FOSSRC
> 5-A, 1st Floor, 32-M, Manzoor Plaza
> Civic Centre, Model Town Extension
> Lahore-54700, Pakistan
> Cell: 92-333-4661290
> Tel: 92-42-8496645
> E-Mail: bajwa@fossfp.org
> URL: www.fossfp.org ; www.ubuntu-pk.org
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> received
> this e-mail in error, please discard it. The author of this e- mail or
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> takes no
> responsibility for the material, implicit or explicit.
>
>
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