Yes, Linus advocates independence from corporate interests. However, his behavior also contributed to key developers leaving and others not wanting to join. Surely there's a better middle ground?
Honestly, I do not know. I really can't think of any other way.
But now, I'm pretty sure those corporate interests are way stronger than before.
And if you look at it from a post-snowden geopolitical perspective, Linux suddenly became an hazard for everybody. Just like the Web.
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