Nobel Peace Prize to Linus Torvalds: A Northwest Nobel option?

Christopher Browne cbbrowne-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Tue Nov 24 17:57:08 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 12:41 PM, Darryl Moore <darryl-90a536wCiRb3fQ9qLvQP4Q at> wrote:
> Robert Brockway wrote:
>> On Tue, 24 Nov 2009, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
>>> That's certainly debateable.  Without Linus we would still be waiting
>>> for the FSF to finish hurd (which might happen someday.  Maybe.)
>> Don't forget the BSDs.  Without Linus either one of the free BSDs would
>> have taken its place as the most popular free OS, or a fork[1] of GNU
>> would have started to use a BSD kernel.
>> [1] It would have to be a fork as the FSF would never accept this.
> They could easily have forked BSD themselves to build Hurd, then
> relicense it under the GPL. That's the sort of thing Apple did.

BSD wouldn't have been suitable for the purpose; at best, it would
have been an alternative kernel to run atop the Mach microkernel, and
there was already a project for that, BSD Lites...
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