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Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution (or distro for short).
Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word “Linux” in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.
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I could see something like this being pulled off by a morally grey group like Anonymous or something, or even an APT, and I get the feeling that the community wouldn’t have been half as offended if either of those were the case.
But serious academics doing this using their real names?! It’s a little amazing that any of this got approved both from a legal and an ethical perspective, and the consequences are completely unsurprising. To quote Jurassic Park, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
If a car manufacturer intentionally made a few cars with malfunctioning breaks just to test whether the authorities would catch them, then it’s reasonable for people, who are currently relying on such a car, to get upset about that.