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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Re: Looser attitude
by Mr. B on Wed 10th Oct 2001 21:11 UTC

I think IBM is doing an excellent job. They are pouring oodles of cash into important projects for furthering Linux, giving it things that it lacks, helping making the pill more edible to the commercial industry. Meanwhile Linus does his thing and does so well. (Though since Linus does not have his own marketing department to project an image of himself that you guys would swallow more easily, you would actually have to make an effort to discover that he does his job well). Also, I would like you to make a mental effort to understand the difference between what the "market" wants and what the "users" want. Obviously this distinction has escaped you, so I'll help you: what the "market" wants is not based on technical merit nor is it identical to what users wants -- it is based on what marketing-people know how to sell in great volumes. Linux on the other hand is heavily geared towards its users. Before Linus Thorvalds accepts or rejects a patch, he has to consider what will benefit the majority of his users -- and he does. He has clearly stated this on many occasions: the single most important criterion for something to be included in the kernel is if it benefits real users. Things that are just hype or curiosa for people who prefer to masturbate, rather than creating, are not important to Linus because they do not really help further Linux. Believe me, what IBM is doing is _healthy_ for Linux. If the Linux community can't see this, or even feel they have to resent it, then the Linux community can just go fuck itself.