June 30, 2010

A quote from Richard Stallman

Posted in Ideas at 22:06 by graham

I have done most of my work while anxious about whether I could do the job, and unsure that it would be enough to achieve the goal if I did. But I tried anyway, because there was no one but me between the enemy and my city. Surprising myself, I have sometimes succeeded.

From this article about GNU HURD.

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  1. Steve Knight said,

    July 1, 2010 at 09:05

    Hmm, good article. Stallman’s account has very many parallels with Worse is Better by Richard Gabriel. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if Gabriel is actually talking about HURD, since Gabriel’s story about an MIT and a Berkeley guy dates from about the same time-line as the beginnings of HURD. I’ve no idea whether this is true or not though.

    It may also offer another, more tangible, explanation as to why HURD didn’t succeed in the same way Linux did and another example of why the ‘right’ system is not always the right system.

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