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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A little reality check
by CB on Fri 12th Oct 2001 18:18 UTC

Linux came out of a guy who came up with an OS and said, "Hey, that's neat," and posts it. IMHO, he still appears to be that same guy. But a lot of opinions here seem to be that he should change. Why? Just because you're hot to trot about marketing Linux doesn't mean he has to be. What I see in Linus: He does care otherwise he wouldn't continue to oversee the project. So he must care about the quality of work. But he's an author and quality manager, not a marketer. If he was as you seem to think he SHOULD be, then he'd probably would have turned into another Bill Gates and gone of for the money grab. Is that what you want!? No. Linus controls the quality of the core component and lets others do the marketing. When you think about it, it's really amazing that so many believe in this project that they'll continue to improve and create new programs for it all without expecting a paycheck out of it. Do you think M$ programmers would have that much faith and dedication in Bill Gates that they'd work for free? Just because they thought Windows was wonderful? Okay, you can stop rolling on the floor now. :-D So, I guess my point is--let Linus be Linus and do what he's best at. The rest of us will do what we're best at, even if it's only using the product and telling others about it. It's been working (and growing!) for 10 years and I don't see the momentum slowing down any time soon.