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If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants”.

That’s one of my favorite quotes, and coming from anyone else I would applaud it…but not from Linus. Why not? Because Linus has one of the worst “my farts smell better” attitudes I’ve ever seen. It’s well known that one of the *worst* ways to get an idea incorporated into the Linux kernel is to say that it’s been tried and found successful in some other OS. Linus, and the other senior Linux developers, seem to loathe the idea that someone else thought of something before they did, or – heaven forbid! – better than they did. The spiffy new Linux way of doing things – union mounts, kiobufs – is always assumed to be better than anyone else’s way of doing the same things just because it cam from Linux people.

Getting back to the topic, people need to read some of the exchanges between Linus and Andrew S Tanenbaum of MINIX fame. Does that look like proper acknowledgement of a debt owed to another for inspiration or ideas? No, Linus has one of the worst records out there of failing to thank the giants on whose shoulders he stands. For him of all people to throw that quote in someone else’s face is the very height of hypocrisy.