Tuesday, November 14, 2006

60 Years of Heroes

Time magazine has listed Linus Torvalds in it's 60 Years of Heroes. Yep. He's right there in the 'Rebels & Leaders' list along side such people as Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher.

One of my immediate thoughts was that Richard M. Stallman is equally deserving of being on this list, but is far too politically unpleasant a character to include.

One of the best comments on the Digg discussion thread surrounding this article was by gaijin who wrote:

"It seems to me that Torvalds had an idea that grew into a vision, whereas, Stallman had a vision that spawned many ideas. I'm just glad that the computer world has both of them and that they both have had the commitment and drive to push their visions forward... Now let's lobby Time to give Richard his props. "

I agree.