that old GNU/Linux argument

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Jul 22 13:39:03 UTC 2008

Timothy Murphy wrote:
> I've always thought Tanenbaum is the "forgotten man" of Linux history,
> rather than Stallman.
> (I'm not attacking Stallman, just saying he is not forgotten ...)

With respect to operating systems you might look both Tanenbaum and 
Stallman in the same way.  They both were involved in developing kernels 
that were academically interesting for their time, but not generally 
useful.  Linus built something useful which is why it continues to get 

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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