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Linus Torvalds Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Technology

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

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

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

 

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."
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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

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

Helsinki isn't all that bad.
It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime.
- Linus Torvalds

Any program is only as good as it is useful.
- Linus Torvalds

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

The fame and reputation part came later,
and never was much of a motivator, although it did
enable me to work without feeling guilty about neglecting my studies.
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

I never felt that the naming issue was all that important,
but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt.
I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more.
- Linus Torvalds

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

My name is Linus, and I am your God.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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

You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior.
- Linus Torvalds

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

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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.
- Linus Torvalds

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 many.
- Linus Torvalds

We have a lot of existing customers which are also
considering Linux desktop migrations and rolling out some of these programs,
so we're learning from them.
- Miguel de Icaza

A lot of that momentum comes from the fact that Linux is free.
- Nat Friedman

And when the time comes to replace the O2 I have today,
maybe my next machine will run Linux.
- Jamie Zawinski

We've been using C and C++ way too much -
they're nice,
but they're very close to the machine and what we wanted
was to empower regular users to build applications for Linux.
- Miguel de Icaza

Mostly I use the O2 as an X terminal,
however, running my apps on Linux and displaying remotely.
- Jamie Zawinski

I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows,
and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today,
Unix is the best of a bad lot.
- Jamie Zawinski

I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture.
It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential
to become something more.
- Jamie Zawinski

Big Linux deployments have reached the point where
it's become a real problem for administrators that
they don't have nice tools to manage their servers and desktops.
- Nat Friedman

Linux evolved in a completely different way.
From nearly the beginning, it was rather casually hacked
on by huge numbers of volunteers coordinating only through the Internet.
- Eric S. Raymond

Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual
property sense to everything it touches.
- Steve Ballmer

All the best people in life seem to like LINUX.
- Steve Wozniak

Cosmoe works on any of the standard filesystems available for Linux.
- Bill Hayden

Linux is only free if your time has no value.
- Jamie Zawinski

We all love Linux, but it's also a fact that some people
might not be able to migrate.
- Miguel de Icaza

I think that Microsoft will increasingly feel margin
pressure from Linux as well as people saying:
well actually the applications that really matter to me are not on my PC.
And so they're going to be able to extract less of a monopoly rent,
so to speak.
- Tim O'Reilly

The interesting thing is when we design and architect a server,
we don't design it for Windows or Linux,
we design it for both.
We don't really care, as long as we're selling the one the customer wants.
- Michael Dell

There are a lot of people who've been able to ditch
their Windows machines and switch over to Linux because
they can now use their Exchange server for calendaring
and collaboration from their Linux desktop.
- Nat Friedman

In some cases we've been building tools that are specific
to Linux for the desktop,
and they only work on Linux, but I see two major projects that are wildly,
wildly successful: Mozilla and OpenOffice,
and those two programs are cross platform.
- Miguel de Icaza

I think that by October the whole company has to migrate to OpenOffice,
and then I think it's by June next year we all migrate to Linux -
you don't want to migrate 6,000 people both operating
system and office suite in a single jump.
- Miguel de Icaza

Of course, all of the software I write runs on Linux;
that's the beauty of standards,
and of cross-platform code.
I don't have to run your OS, and you don't have to run mine,
and we can use the same applications anyway!
- Jamie Zawinski

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller


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