Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 10th Oct 2001 16:20 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we have a special guest in the series of interviews we conducting here at OSNews. Linus Torvalds, the well known Linux founder, is with us to discuss everything about the kernel, Microsoft, the naming of GNU/Linux and the future. Read on!
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I can say I was not surprised at all about the comments that Linus pays no attention to other OS/s. The failure to learn from other operating systems has been the number one reason why Linux has not displaced Windoze. Linux is a kernel, it is a simple program that is a few hundered Kb to a meg, depending how it is compiled. Everyone always talks about X-Windows / window managers / applications and think linux has something to do with these. He doesnt, he programs the kernel, which quite frankly is an outstanding piece of technology. Nothing competes with it at this moment on the 386 compatible series of machine(and just cos microkernels are newer does not mean they are better). And why exactly would one want to copy a flawed operating system such as windows? How can you without access to the sources at some level. If you are speaking with reporters, you should at least be able to construct valid opinions based on facts, not just churn out the same old boring ones that no longer make any sense 5 years after they were first mentioned. In summary, if you are going to comment on linux, at least have the decency to know what it is.