The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution is a perfect example of legalized prostitution, except there's no sex involved (well, as far as we can tell). [Ars Techica]Funny, I was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday after reading about their most recent attacks on Linux, paid for by Microsoft. This latest attack has the distinction of being the most moronically stupid they've ever made, at least as far as I know.
For starters, their press release has the headline:
Torvalds claim to "invent" Linux® probably false, says new study. [Quoted in LinuxWorld]
Luckily, Linus is now reformed, and in response to the AdTI study, has explained the true origins of Linux with remarkable candor:
Ok, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.
They (for obvious reasons) couldn't step forward to admit that they had gotten bitten by the computer bug, and had been developing a series of operating systems on their own during the off season. But when they started with Linux (which they originally called Freax - they do feel like outsiders, you know, and that's a whole sad story in itself), they felt that they could no longer just let it languish in obscurity. [Linux Torvalds, writing in LinuxWorld]
Update: Just to be clear, the point is that Torvalds has always been completely open about the origins of Linux and its debt to Minix and Unix. It's a joke to try to make an issue by implying otherwise.