I got flamed out until my asbestos underoos got charred by insisting in the Linux mail lists years ago that distributions be called GNU/Linux because a kernel does not an operating system make.
Rich is a really interesting and nice guy. And many would call him a hippie.
Today, it's all about Linux but without him, none of this would exist.
And articles really seem to make him out just a little differently than he is - corporate culture just is what it is.
Want to hear the free software song?
That my friends is Richard Stallman. That's who really started all of this.