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Ken Brown is a Big Fat Idiot

2004-06-09 16:42:06.621597+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I've avoided this largely because I think it's too esoteric for Flutterby readers (and yes, I say that with the knowledge that I was just talking about making your own CPU core...), or that those readers who care find this on other sources, like /., but in the current environment of Microsoft astroturfing and SCO attempts to fleece investors there's a lot of FUD[Wiki] flying around about Linux[Wiki].

One particularly egregious example of late has been the works of one "Kenneth Brown" of an organization calling itself the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (because "Microsoft supported astroturfing PR agency" was a little too "in your face"), who's been going around interviewing various computing luminaries for an alleged forthcoming book on open source, and then completely misrepresenting what they've said. In particular, there's been an open spat between Andy Tannenbaum and Ken Brown that's gone back and forth a few ways. Mark's rundown of the situation, Ken Brown is a Big Fat Idiot, sums up the current state of the exchange.

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#Comment Re: Big fat idiots... made: 2004-06-09 17:27:48.542854+00 by: mvandewettering [edit history]

Thanks for the link Dan. The thing which really shocks me is the sheer, bold faced audacity of Brown. He went to literally dozens of individuals, all of whom told them one thing: that Linus wrote the first version of the Linux kernel, and then concluded precisely the opposite. Absolutely freakin' amazing. I thought the SCO lawsuit was bizarre, but this is just amazing.

By the way, I urge everyone to read Tanenbaum's comments. Not only are they enormously illuminating, they are vastly more clever than my humble writings. Compare the clear, straightforward and humorous style to Brown's bizarre and inflammatory drivel for added insight.