Nobel Peace Prize to Linus Torvalds: A Northwest Nobel option?
james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 24 16:26:58 UTC 2009
Zbigniew Koziol wrote:
>>>> Interesting read, here is a small sample of the article:
>>>> "Former Vice President Al Goreâs visit to Portland today and
>>>> has prompted some Nobel Peace Prize thoughts, and in Oregon the idea
>>>> of nominating a Northwesterner. The prospect shot around the
>>>> Portland-area Linux circles (drawing some debate as well as approval
>>>> as it did), starting with this email from Keith Lofstrom:
>>>> "Since the Nobel Peace Prize is often given to politicians, some
>>>> disagree with the choices. But it is often given to non-politicians
>>>> who create international efforts to change the world for the better.
>>>> "Look at the massive international efforts represented by SC09, and
>>>> realize that much of it started from the work of a 21[-year-old]
>>>> Finnish college student named after 1962 Nobel Peace Prize winner
>>>> Linus Pauling. It would be fitting to honor that international effort
>>>> by giving a Peace Prize to Linus Torvalds, perhaps in 2011 on the 20th
>>>> anniversary of the August 1991 Linux announcement, or in 2012 on the
>>>> 50th anniversary of Paulingâs award."
>>>> Michael Lauzon
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>>> Not to diminish Torvalds's work but what about Richard Stallman as a
>>> candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize, he did after all create the GPL and
>>> Free Software Foundation and has worked on the tools that form a
>>> system. The notion of a totally free operating system was his idea and
>>> that has what has "changed the world".
>> Hmm, RMS and peace price. Not sure those go together. He has created
>> a lot of hostility too.
> And what sense makes putting Linus into the same bag as Obama, killer
> or unborn and hater of Christianity?
Anyone who takes on religious delusion should be a candidate for the
Nobel prize. Religion is the cause of so much of the hatred and
violence in this world and the sooner we're done with "God", the better.
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