Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jun 2008 22:28 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds - a classic example of the love-it-or-hate-it type of person. Brilliant programmer, of course, and the father of one of the most extraordinary software projects in the world, but sometimes, he can be utterly arrogant any annoying, yet the other moment completely sensible and utterly spot-on in his statements. CBR listed the ten best Linus Torvalds quotes.
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RE[4]: Torvalds
by krreagan on Sat 7th Jun 2008 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Torvalds "
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I just took offense to the original article calling him a "Brilliant Programmer"

Well, it is an opinion and you are of course entitled to have your opinion, but IMHO he is still a brilliant programmer. He did after all start a kernel that changed the OSS scene forever, he did write Git which is now used all over the net for source code management and so forth..

I work on "his" kernel every day and it really is the biggest POS on the planet!

Explain, what exactly is wrong with Linux kernel? Just spouting "it's POS" won't make anyone listen to you.

Starting an kernel does not a "brilliant programmer" make!
Like has been stated by others on this list, he is a figurehead, a mascot, someone to focus attention on! I doubt he writes 1/1000th of the code in the current kernel.

Git!?!?!? ... GMAFB!

Interrupts and memory! Two of the biggest cluster fracks in the kernel!

The one _very_ smart thing he has done lately is to keep GPLv3 out of the kernel. That would have sunk the linux barge in a hurry!


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