Subject: Re: open source definition
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 11:50:55 -0400

> For example, why did Linux succeed commercially where FSF/GNU/the
> HURD did not?

Linux predates the HURD by a lot.  The right question is why did the
free *BSD variants fail commercially.  The answer is that the
purveyors didn't grok packaging early enough and still don't.

FSF/GNU didn't *try* to succeed commercially.  It falls entirely
outside the charter of the foundation.

Cygnus succeeded commercially with GCC before much of the rest started

A lot of the recent snowball is that Linux was the missing link in the
chain of platform technology.  Until you built critical mass in the
"free software" camp it was hard to sell applications that think
different.  People are now doing so.