Linux and Synergetics


Linux is an independent implementation of the POSIX operating system specification, with SYSV and BSD extensions, that has been written entirely from scratch (this means it looks and acts just like Unix). It has no proprietary code in it. Linux is freely distributable under the GNU General Public License. It was developed by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. [From the Linux Meta-FAQ.]


In its broadest sense Synergetics is Fuller's hypothesized coordinate system of Universe --- both its physical and metaphysical aspects. Fuller's system of epistemography and mathematical-physics attempts to disclose how Nature actually operates --- her ``operational mathematics.''

Why a student of Synergetics choose Linux in 1993

A model of Fuller's Design Science Revolution

Linux's history shows that it is a true instance of Fuller's Design Science Revolution. Notably it was started by a single individual who took initiative. Then it was spontaneously adapted by an exponentially growing group of talented individuals until it became better, and better, and better. Finally, it became mature with Big business and Big government contributing to its growth and success. That is, it became institutionalized and mainstream.

Linux's (partial) refutation of Fuller's Rule 1

In Critical Path on page 261, Fuller discloses one of his oft-repeated self-disciplines "Rule 1: Never show half-finished work". In 1993, Linux was less than half-finished. But by being shown publically and widely on the Internet, a new form of engineering development was discovered (now popularly called the Bazaar model).

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