Free is an ideal, and pragmatism takes precedence over idealism any time. The Linux kernel is probably the best example of how free and proprietary can come together to create a decent experience, since it plays nice with both free and non-free kmods / drivers / software.
If RMS had his way Linux would have been just another Hurd today.
That said, is there a source for your claim that Linus and the kernel devs are very hostile to RMS's mindless 'Freedom' preaches? A link, perhaps?I would love to read the discussion that took place.
Quote from Linus Torvalds:
This for the people who still claim that Linux is about "Free software". It freakin' isn't. It never was. And it never will be. Get over it. If you can't, go install GNU Hurd or something.Quote:
Well, you do have to realize that Linux has never been an FSF project, and
in fact has never even been a "Free Software" project.
The whole "Open Source" renaming was done largely _exactly_ because people
wanted to distance themselves from the FSF. The fact that the FSF and it's
followers refused to accept the name "Open Source", and continued to call
Linux "Free Software" is not _our_ fault.