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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In response to Scott's comments ("Not impressed with Linus as a leader of Linux") I think you misunderstand Linus' role in Linux development, and the dynamics of Open Source & Free Software projects. The direction of an OS project is driven by the people using and working on the software, not by a whizz-bang marketing vision. If developers want Linux to go in a certain direction (scaled down to embedded systems, or up to big iron, or supporting new device types), they will develop the code to do that. It is Linus' job to integrate those changes into the main Linux codebase in a fair and reliable manner. If he pushed the project in the direction he wanted it to go, he would discourage people from submitting code that enabled Linux to be used in other areas and encourage people to fork the codebase into projects with a different focus than his.