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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Linus Needs to Grow Up!
by Observer on Sat 13th Oct 2001 07:20 UTC

I think Linus should have been able to provide some decently interesting answers to the questions he was given, even if the questions weren't good ones. It is not professional and breeds a lack of confidence from people who have invested mind-share in Linux when you can't come up with anything better to say than 'I really don't give a damn' to the questions put to you. He should be able to fend off boring or hostile questions more articulately than that if he is going to consent to giving interviews in the first place. If he is going to talk like some kid with an attitude problem he should not bother giving interviews in the first place, it makes Linux look bad. There are people out there who have quite a lot at stake when they choose Linux for corporate production systems and Linus needs to be aware that, like it or not, he is perceived as a leader and needs to make at least some effort to act like one and inspire some confidence in people - that is, if he really cares whether or not anyone uses Linux (particularly in the corporate world). Frankly, when he says off-the-cuff things like "I think the MACH kernel/Mac OS X is just a piece of crap." in high-profile interviews he comes off as being very amateurish and this reflects on people's perception of Linux. If he is not willing to grow up and show some respect for the people who have invested in his creation by acting responsibly and professionally, then I think the Linux user community would be better off if he would just stop giving interviews.