Richard Stallman, father of the Free Software Foundation and Open Source has criticised the media for making too much about of the story of Linus Torvalds demanding cash from some Aussie companies to use his name on some Linux software. Stallman claims that the media has been diverting the attention from the real news which is apparently the 'freedom to change and distribute software'.

Stallman said he was only interested about names when they helped to focus attention on the freedom to change and redistribute software.

However, unlike Linus he will not be running around demanding cash to use the GNU name, he said.