Linus and Linux

TTTO “Goliat” by Kaveret

Once in ancient history,
UNIX was a mystery
Code was closed and hidden,
From the hackers eyes a-prying
But a guy from lands of cold
Wrote a new one, and he told
“Read the code, it’s free for all
I don’t mind any spying”

Bugs were there, but shallow all
For the law that’s “Linus” called
If we work together
We will find them to the last one
Change and distribute it please
But just don’t be a big sleaze
Give us all the sources
You had yours, let us have our fun

All other UNIXes, they fought until they died
But with Linus as the leader, and with GNU there at our side
We are sharing our code with GPL

It got ported everywhere
64 bits — not a care
Where the GCC has worked
Then Linux’s sure to follow
SMP was no big deal
Now the kernel lock is pealed
All the patches going ’round
The tree was sure to swallow

All other UNIXes, they fought until they died
But with Linus as the leader, we knew that we could trust our guide
We would wait for the mail with the release:

Read the patches, bugs have been fixed, now please patch if you will
Please compile, install the kernel, it does not take much skill
Read the patches, bugs have been fixed, now please patch if you will
We disclaim responsibility if boxes you kill

Distributions take it all
Roll it up into a ball
Put it on a CD
Or the web for downloading
Put up fixes for the bugs
All holes they so swiftly plug
To prevent computers
From the cracking and exploding

Linus now is not alone
Happy so to share his throne
With the people who have helped
To code this damn fine kernel
Now so many people know
Understand the program’s flow
They can fix the bugs because
They understand internals

All other UNIXes, they matter less and less
For with Linus as our leader, we can now proclaim sucess
Though now others, send mail with the release:

Read the patches, bugs have been fixed, now please patch if you will
Please compile, install the kernel, it does not take much skill
Read the patches, bugs have been fixed, now please patch if you will
We disclaim responsibility if boxes you kill

Read the patchs for bugs have been fixed —
And some more features in there mixed —
Now please patch if you kindly will

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