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!
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Detractors, Trolls and Flamers, Oh My!
by Jim Dennis on Wed 10th Oct 2001 22:58 UTC

It's amusing to see the low quality of discourse in the message threads here. ... "incredibly un-enlightening" says too much about the unrealistic expectations that many people have about Linus. What could he have said that would have been "enlightening." (Answer that, and you've achieved enlightment in the only way that's possible, through your own efforts; too much talk about "teaching" and not enough listening for "learning"). Linus doesn't present himself as a guru; he's not out to enlighten us. As another poster to this thread said: "I don't think Linus ever proclaimed himself a visioneer" [sic]. I've never heard Linus claim to be visionary nor revolutionary. I guess that the consensus opinion was that this interview was un-inspiring. That doesn't surprise me. First the questions were boring. Linus has been hearing the same questions for years (when's the next release of $next_version, what do you think about $alleged_competitor or $notable_public_figure, what features are you planning to focus on, and what do you read from /dev/crystalball). It's a litany. Personally I'm surprised that Linus still tolerates all these interviews. He's basically said the same things every time, year after year. He's changed some of his opinions on minor technical issues. That's natural, he's learned from experience. What I liked best in this interview is his statement that the tools are not as interesting as the products of their use. He's a tool smith so he's personally interested in the Linux kernel. That's the tool he's spent a third of his life refining. However, its impossible for him to discuss the parts of that which are interesting (to him, and people like me) in an interview setting. Such a discussion would immediately dive down into details that most of this readership (probably including the interviewer) would simply not understand. Linus is a craftsmen not a luminary nor an educator. If I was doing an interview with Linus, I'd want to get into technical details. I'd like to ask things like: