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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by Joseph Nicholson on Thu 11th Oct 2001 03:36 UTC

Seems to me that some people in the [other] o/s camps are acting VERY childish. Is there some kind of jealously over Linux gaining quite a strong ''mind share'' as well as ''market share'' amongst the big corporations. What's with the cheap shots at Linus? He's a CODER, for gwads sake! His opinions are just that: opinions. Frankly, I find his down to earth attitude refreshing in this age of monolithic CEOs who boldly proclaim a new ''eXPerience,'' etc. with every new release of software that does nothing but enslave IT people and end users in an endless upgrade treadmill. Perhaps a reason for the popularity of distributions based on the Linux kernel is the GNU GPL itself? I'm one of those end ''lusers'' who don't know how to code but have gotten absorbed enough in technology to have some kind of clue. Many people feel that BSD licensing is too restrictive in terms of allowing commercial companies (MS anyone?) to gobble the code up and give absolutely nothing back. Perhaps due to the licensing there's more driver development? Perhaps companies such as AOL, Real, Yahoo, Oracle, IBM, HP-Compaq, even Dell support Linux to a large extent due to the licensing? Use what works for you, but quit belittling the ''benevolent dictator.'' He's an awesome human being who gives selflessly for those of us seeking alternatives to the mainstream.