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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Not missing the point
by Warren on Wed 10th Oct 2001 22:08 UTC

To 'idontcare', you really should take a look at projects like KDE and GNOME if you want to see the progress of Linux on the Desktop. Those developers are the ones (if any) who are in a position to compete with Windows. There simply isn't much in the kernel which is in a position to compete, except for increasing the number of hardware devices supported. And Linus does work to add support for new device types and build a good device interface for device drivers, so in that sense, he does care about what devices Linux supports. But not because some other OS supports them but because some Linux users want them supported. No sense wasting time on supporting a device which has only a few users. Now, if you wish for some device support for something which only a few users need, then start a company to do it! You can do that if you desire. You can spend the money to pay programmers to do it, if you can't program yourself. Nothing is stopping you. That's how Linux works. I too want Linux to succeed on the Desktop, and I believe it will, simply because it caters to the needs of it's users, rather than to marketing trends.