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Unformatted text preview: Social movement vs. Reform movement, incorporation and transformation of a Movement The open source movement made a huge impact on American business powerhouses like IBM, Wal-Mart, Sony, Phillips, and NEC. (Parloff 4) It all started with the creation of a “working ‘kernel’ for an operating system” which was created by Torvalds, “an unknown college kid in Finland.” (Lyons 3) This kernel was often paired with a GNU created by Richard M. Stallman. This combination was often referred to as Linux, Torvalds’ name for his kernel, and not GNU. This angered Stallman but “the ultimate insult came in 1999 when his Free Software Foundation was given a ‘Linus Torvalds Award.’ Stallman accepted but said it was ‘like giving the Han Solo award to the Rebel Alliance.’” (Lyons 3) Stallman said this because he believes that he should get much more credit then he received for his GNU. This award is ironic due to the fact that Stallman’s foundation is against Linus Torvalds just like the Rebel Alliance is...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course STSH 1110 taught by Professor Hess during the Fall '07 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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