posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jun 2008 22:28 UTC
IconLinus Torvalds - a classic example of the love-it-or-hate-it type of person. Brilliant programmer, of course, and the father of one of the most extraordinary software projects in the world, but sometimes, he can be utterly arrogant any annoying, yet the other moment completely sensible and utterly spot-on in his statements. CBR listed the ten best Linus Torvalds quotes.

I'll just give you the top three here, so you can read the other 7 in the source article.

  1. "Software is like sex: it's better when it's free."
  2. "Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems."
  3. "My name is Linus, and I am your God."

My personal favourite is not on the list, though. It's the one that caused the longest comment thread on OSNews ever, with 590 comments.

GNOME seems to be developed by interface nazis, where consistently the excuse for not doing something is not "it's too complicated to do", but "it would confuse users".

That instant-classic was a tad bit, well rude, and probably severely broke the guidelines of participating on a public mailing list, but hey, who cares. It was an entertaining thread, we all got away with absolutely nothing, neither projects really gave a damn about Linus, and both continued to do that they do best.

In the meantime, out in the real world, the earth continued spinning, and we hadn't heard of Obama vs. Clinton yet. Those were the days. Anyway, feel free to post your personal favourites in the comments' section.

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