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 think we should just disregard this article
by John on Wed 10th Oct 2001 20:28 UTC

My guess (important word, that. The subject is engaged in speculation.) is that we're seeing Linus' dismay over people asking him the same questions again and again. I think there are too many people out there trying to put Linus on a pedestal he's not really happy with. I feel reasonably sure that Linus does still care about things, even marketing things, but that he doesn't want to be the mastermind behind the overthrow of the MS beast. Who would want that job? Until we see some actual evidence that Linus is, for whatever reason, making demonstrably poor decisions--or no decisions at all--we should just leave things as they are. Let's remember that Linus is, for all practical purposes, now a project manager. He makes the final call on what goes in the kernel tree. If he doesn't follow other OSs, it doesn't really matter. The folks doing active development work can include code and ideas from any source they please; all Linus has to do is approve it. So I don't think that any of Linus' expressed opinions is the harbinger of doom for Linux development. There's no reason to think we're in "Not Invented Here" land. Hell, it was just last week that I was reading about a BSD developer who was annoyed to find his ATA code in the Linux tree with no copyright statement or acknowledgement... That's a GOOD sign... -J