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"If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it."

Linus Torvalds

Born: December 28, 1969

Occupation: Software Engineer

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I love making friends.... it's people I can't stand.

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I am not out to destroy Microsoft, that would be a completely unintended side effect.

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I will, in fact, claim that the difference between a bad programmer and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures more important. Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers...

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Talk is cheap. Show me the code.

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Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

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Software is like sex: It's better when it's free.

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Let's put it this way: if you need to ask a lawyer whether what you do is right or not, you are morally corrupt. Let's not go there. We don't base our morality on law.

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Theory and practice sometimes clash. And when that happens, theory loses. Every single time.

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Those that can, do. Those that can't, complain.

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If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.

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There are lots of Linux users who don't care how the kernel works, but only want to use it. That is a tribute to how good Linux is.

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Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.

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In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at making good operating systems.

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Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.

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The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it.

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Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.

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Any program is only as good as it is useful.

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When you say 'I wrote a program that crashed Windows,' people just stare at you blankly and say 'Hey, I got those with the system, for free.'

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See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.

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I try to avoid long-range plans and visions - that way I can more easily deal with anything new that comes up.

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I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works.

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Making Linux GPL'd was definitely the best thing I ever did.

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You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior.

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A consumer doesn't take anything away: he doesn't actually consume anything. Giving the same thing to a thousand consumers is not really any more expensive than giving it to just one.

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Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it.

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I want my office to be quiet. The loudest thing in the room - by far - should be the occasional purring of the cat.

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My name is Linus, and I am your God.

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The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children.

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I don't try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don't really see MS as competition. Especially not Windows-the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different.

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Programmers are in the enviable position of not only getting to do what they want to, but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it. There are other professions like that, but not that...

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Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge.

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I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.

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I think of myself as an engineer, not as a visionary or 'big thinker.' I don't have any lofty goals.

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That's what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It's a positive feedback cycle.

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In many cases, the user interface to a program is the most important part for a commercial company: whether the programs works correctly or not seems to be secondary.

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Fairly cheap home computing was what changed my life.

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Hey, I'm a good software engineer, but I'm not exactly known for my fashion sense. White socks and sandals don't translate to 'good design sense'.

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I actually think that I'm a rather optimistic and happy person; it's just that I'm not a very positive person, if you see the difference.

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I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places.

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I don't have any authority over Linux other than this notion that I know what I'm doing.

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I don't think I'm unusual in preferring my laptop to be thin and light.

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I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product.

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I see myself as a technical person who chose a great project and a great way of doing that project.

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I spend a lot more time than any person should have to talking with lawyers and thinking about intellectual property issues.

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I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It's the right way to do things.

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I very seldom worry about other systems. I concentrate pretty fully on just making Linux the best I can.

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I'm a technical manager, but I don't have to take care of people. I only have to worry about technology itself.

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I'm interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn't started as any kind of rebellion against the 'evil Microsoft empire.'

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I've been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they've been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.

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I've been very happy with the commercial Linux CD-ROM vendors linux Red Hat.

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I've never regretted not making Linux shareware: I really don't like the pay for use binary shareware programs.

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If you start doing things because you hate others and want to screw them over, the end result is bad.

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Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense.

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No-one has ever called me a cool dude. I'm somewhere between geek and normal.

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Once you start thinking more about where you want to be than about making the best product, you're screwed.

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Part of doing Linux was that I had to communicate a lot more instead of just being a geek in front of a computer.

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Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial software with the worst of free software.

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The economics of the security world are all horribly, horribly nasty and are largely based on fear, intimidation and blackmail.

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The thing with Linux is that the developers themselves are actually customers too: that has always been an important part of Linux.

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What I find most interesting is how people really have taken Linux and used it in ways and attributes and motivations that I never felt.

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Before the commercial ventures, Linux tended to be rather hard to set up, because most of the developers were motivated mainly by their own interests.

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I often compare open source to science. To where science took this whole notion of developing ideas in the open and improving on other peoples' ideas and making it into what science is today and the incredible...

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People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that's how some software projects are born.

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The cyberspace earnings I get from Linux come in the format of having a Network of people that know me and trust me, and that I can depend on in return.

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An individual developer like me cares about writing the new code and making it as interesting and efficient as possible. But very few people want to do the testing.

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By staying neutral, I end up being somebody that everybody can trust. Even if they don't always agree with my decisions, they know I'm not working against them.

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Every once in a while an issue comes up where I have to make a statement. I can't totally avoid all political issues, but I try my best to minimize them. When I do make a statement, I try to be fairly...

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Helsinki may not be as cold as you make it out to be, but California is still a lot nicer. I don't remember the last time I couldn't walk around in shorts all day.

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I don't actually go to that many conferences. I do that a couple of times a year. Normally, I am not recognized; people don't throw their panties at me. I'm a perfectly normal person sitting in my den...

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I get the biggest enjoyment from the random and unexpected places. Linux on cellphones or refrigerators, just because it's so not what I envisioned it. Or on supercomputers.

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I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see it, the more it looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything technically interesting there.

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I'd much rather have 15 people arguing about something than 15 people splitting into two camps, each side convinced it's right and not talking to the other.

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I'm perfectly happy complaining, because it's cathartic, and I'm perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastime - not programming.

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I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm also not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing,...

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I've actually found the image of Silicon Valley as a hotbed of money-grubbing tech people to be pretty false, but maybe that's because the people I hang out with are all really engineers.

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I've felt strongly that the advantage of Linux is that it doesn't have a niche or any special market, but that different individuals and companies end up pushing it in the direction they want, and as such...

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In many ways, I am very happy about the whole Linux commercial market because the commercial market is doing all these things that I have absolutely zero interest in doing myself.

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It's a personality trait: from the very beginning, I knew what I was concentrating on. I'm only doing the kernel - I always found everything around it to be completely boring.

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Software patents, in particular, are very ripe for abuse. The whole system encourages big corporations getting thousands and thousands of patents. Individuals almost never get them.

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The thing I love about diving is the flowing feeling. I like a sport where the whole point is to move as little as humanly possible so your air supply will last longer. That's my kind of sport. Where the...

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There were open source projects and free software before Linux was there. Linux in many ways is one of the more visible and one of the bigger technical projects in this area, and it changed how people...

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There's innovation in Linux. There are some really good technical features that I'm proud of. There are capabilities in Linux that aren't in other operating systems.

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To be a nemesis, you have to actively try to destroy something, don't you? Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.

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To be honest, the fact that people trust you gives you a lot of power over people. Having another person's trust is more powerful than all other management techniques put together.

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Turtles are very stable and have been around forever. But they have problems adapting. When humans came along, turtles came under serious threat. Biodiversity is good, and I think it is good in technology...

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What commercialism has brought into Linux has been the incentive to make a good distribution that is easy to use and that has all the packaging issues worked out.

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When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a life-saver.

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If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.

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Avoiding complexity reduces bugs.

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In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved.

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In real open source, you have the right to control your own destiny.

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All operating systems sucks, but Linux just sucks less

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Don't hurry your code. Make sure it works well and is well designed. Don't worry about timing.

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If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a Unix operating system.

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A lot of people want to have market share numbers, lots of users, because that's how they view their self worth. For me, one of the most important things for Linux is having a big community that is actively...

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On the internet nobody can hear you being subtle.

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Only wimps use tape backup. REAL men just upload their important stuff on ftp and let the rest of the world mirror it.

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Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.

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Non-technical questions sometimes don't have an answer at all.

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Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures.

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Portability is for people who cannot write new programs

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A computer is like air conditioning - it becomes useless when you open Windows

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An infinite number of monkeys typing into GNU emacs would never make a good program.

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We all know Linux is great...it does infinite loops in 5 seconds.

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One of the questions I've always hated answering is how do people make money in open source. And I think that Caldera and Red Hat - and there are a number of other Linux companies going public - basically...

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It just makes it even harder for people to even approach the (open source) side, when they then end up having to worry about public humiliation.

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I have an ego the size of a small planet

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So I decided that if the architecture is fundamentally sane enough, say it follows some basic rules like it supported paging , then I would be able to say, yes, Linux fundamentally supports that model.

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The idea of abstracting away the one thing that must be blindingly fast, the kernel, is inherently counter productive.

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If you want an application to be portable, you don't necessarily create an abstraction layer like a microkernel so much as you program intelligently.

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Today, I will offer free web hosting and developpement helps for projects under Sourceforge

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I started Linux as a desktop operating system. And it's the only area where Linux hasn't completely taken over. That just annoys the hell out of me.

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No problem is too big it can't be run away from

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The bulk of all patents are crap. Spending time reading them is stupid. It's up to the patent owner to do so, and to enforce them.

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Only men would think of cutting themselves to determine who the packleader is. Idiots.

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