Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:33 UTC, submitted by irbis
Linux He doesn't own a mobile phone and he is proud of it. And he thinks virtualization is over-hyped. Find out what else we prize from Linux guru Linus Torvalds. "Linux has done what I wanted it to do for the last fifteen years, literally. So since very early on my motivation actually came from the outside: my motivation came from problems that other people see. I don't see the problems, my usage model is actually fairly simple and it's still the same development model that I tend to concentrate on. So I am actually motivated by other people's issues, and sometimes they make me go 'those people are just crazy, that's just insane', but sometimes the crazy people have some of the most interesting problems too."
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Why is this interesting ?
by mounty on Thu 31st Jan 2008 00:06 UTC
mounty
Member since:
2005-12-12

Why are people so interested in Torvalds' opinions about everything ? This is just a polite version of the obsession with celebrity that has propelled Corey Delaney ( http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23136307-5012985,0... ) to notoriety.

Torvalds was in the right place at the right time and got lucky, that's all. Only his opinions on the Linux kernel are of interest.

Yes, mark this down as an envy-fuelled diatribe if you must. Or ask me a question ! About anything ! I have opinions on just about every subject.

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RE: Why is this interesting ?
by diegoviola on Thu 31st Jan 2008 00:14 in reply to "Why is this interesting ?"
diegoviola Member since:
2006-08-15

> Why are people so interested in Torvalds' opinions about everything ?

because Linus is the best and Linux is the best OS ever.

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diegoviola Member since:
2006-08-15

oh and i forgot to say, Git rocks too ;)

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RE[2]: Why is this interesting ?
by Quag7 on Thu 31st Jan 2008 19:59 in reply to "RE: Why is this interesting ?"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

I think he's dreeeeeeeeeeeeamy.

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RE: Why is this interesting ?
by sultanqasim on Thu 31st Jan 2008 00:14 in reply to "Why is this interesting ?"
sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

Linus is a celebrity. A wise celebrity. Thats why people care about his opinion.

BTW - I'm sort of biased; I'm a fan of him because 95% of the time his unusual opinion matches up with mine. Eg. I don't own a mobile phone either (got tired of mine and gave it away) and I prefer lots of old computers instead of one powerful computer with virtual systems on it.

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RE[2]: Why is this interesting ?
by Weeman on Thu 31st Jan 2008 17:47 in reply to "RE: Why is this interesting ?"
Weeman Member since:
2006-03-20

Linus is a celebrity. A wise celebrity. Thats why people care about his opinion.


I don't consider him wise. I think he's an arrogant asshole who's a bit full of himself. He did a nice effort with his Linux kernel, but other than that, he has absolutely no social skill. Either he likes something, which ain't a lot of things, or it's immediately outright shit and makes a lot of backhanded comments about said subject. No such thing as grey areas in his opinions. I don't want to know the opinion of such a guy.

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

a lot of the interview was actually about the kernel.

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RE: Why is this interesting ?
by SlackerJack on Thu 31st Jan 2008 00:29 in reply to "Why is this interesting ?"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Bill Gates and Steve jobs can talk like salesman but Linus is the main man actually doing the coding we use to power Linux.

He is every bit as important as both of them, his code speaks volumes.

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flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I'd much prefer to hear about what Linus has to say than perhaps Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer. Linus seems to be far more reasonable and less of a tyrant seeking money.

Besides, who can take someone like Ballmer seriously? Have you seen how he enters the stage like a rock star? Was 'developers developers developers developers developers' actually planned to be said or was he just stuttering? Come on.

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gogglesguy Member since:
2007-08-10

Bill Gates and Steve jobs can talk like salesman but Linus is the main man actually doing the coding we use to power Linux.

He is every bit as important as both of them, his code speaks volumes.


Did you read the interview?

"Well for the last few years all I have really done is communicate. I end up merging other people's code. I actually seldom write code myself..."

So he's more like the Jobs and/or Gates of Linux ;)

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diegoviola Member since:
2006-08-15

don't compare Linus with these both idiots,

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are nothing, they are idiots.

Linus Torvalds is the best, ever.

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BrainDeadHippie Member since:
2005-07-06

i've always enjoyed his interview and his biography was really good -
anyways what i liked about this interview is his view on virtualization. I like vmware because i can run windows and linux on the same machine so I was a little puzzled when in the summary it said that he thought it was hype...but linus was just saying that virtualization is just not for him - where Steve jobs and bill gates would be spazzing all out about this even if they didn't use it..and then when linus said that just because virtualization wasn't for him didn;t mean that linux wouldn't spuuort it just shows how strong linux is.
BDH

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RE: Why is this interesting ?
by RGCook on Thu 31st Jan 2008 17:42 in reply to "Why is this interesting ?"
RGCook Member since:
2005-07-12

What subjects do you have no opinion on? Hey, you asked for it! j/k

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RE: Why is this interesting ?
by gustl on Thu 31st Jan 2008 20:08 in reply to "Why is this interesting ?"
gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

Because everything Linus says is NOT the mind-numbing market-speak we get from Ballmer, Gates or Jobs.

He never needs to tell a lie, and he tries to never tell a lie.

He is also a genius when it comes to managing the Linux development crowd. He definitely is not good at motivating people and keeping track of costs, so as a project manager at a company he is wasted talent, but for what he does, he seems to do it intuitively right.

And he is an interesting person.

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