> Nothing good will come from finding those kind of parallels.
Except that it offers a pretty good explanation for why people get so crazy about these debates, and provides a context under which I can say there is legitimate debate that ultimately boils down to personality differences.
(This is one problem I have with the HN stance of politics-avoidance. What happens when politics is the completely honest answer?)
The reason people get so crazy about this debate, at least, is that many see this as "land grabbing" done in a passive/aggressive manner by RH employees (merging udev and systemd under the same repo and having to build systemd to build udev is an example of that) and their pet project. Again.
People is bound to hate it. RH won't care anyway, they control the core of every modern linux system and can do what they please.
It's not like the users are contributors or customers. They are not technically part of the "community".
I'm not saying that politics have nothing to do with this. This IS politics, in its broadest sense. But making parallels with movements and ideologies is not very useful to the discussion, I think. :)