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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The Market
by kagato on Wed 10th Oct 2001 22:02 UTC

Do you seriously think that market pressure should guide development? How business-centric of you. Look, I'll make this very simple. Almost every flaw, bug, and crash that you have ever experienced is due to precisely that--the market. I don't like that. If you do, that's your problem. Linux is a technical system. It's qualities lie in it's technical design. That said, Linus makes technical decisions based on their usability, stability, and technical merits. The market doesn't fit anywhere in that decision line. Look, I hate loose analogies as much as the next guy, but think of it this way. If the market demands a styrofoam bridge, I'll still use the ones made of concrete--okay? Call me old fashioned, but just because everyone and their brother is making styrofoam bridges because the market wants them to be lighter and yellow, doesn't affect my primary concern--will it keep me out of the river (okay, maybe styrofoam would ...). Now is the market always stupid? No. But when it is smart, Linus has a history of accepting any patch that improves the kernel without breaking it (note this inclusion of ReiserFS, shortly JFS, but not XFS). Linus makes a Linux that works--well. All of the pretty front-end crap that most people *THINK* is an OS, is *NOT HIS JOB*. There are the same guys at Microsoft, Sun, Netscape--you name it. He handles the back-end and makes it as perfect as he can. When asked, he gives answers that indicate that he will develop it in whichever way is best at the time (implicit in this is his good judgement at not fragmenting the design). There is nothing wrong with these responses--and much that is desirable about it. If you don't appreciate the above comments because you've been tricked into a product view of software, just think about it every time you crash (even in the rare cases Linux does) and notice that Linux is getting steadily better--not revolving around the same level of suckage. After all in the words of Linus Torvalds, "Linux sucks. It just sucks less than everything else.". And as an OS kernel, he's probably right.