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Jamie Zawinski
November 3, 1968 -
Nationality: American
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: American Scientist

I don't get much sense of reward from having discovered how to get the Foo card to coexist with the Bar card.


See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy.


My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.


On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense.


Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application, just because something as trivial as the operating system changed out from under them?


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


I use a really simple calendar program on my computer.


Using these toolkits is like trying to make a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes.


I eat and drink at my desk, but I'm a tidy eater.


Linux is only free if your time has no value.


Because, you see, what I want to do is to commoditize the OS. I want to have access to all the applications that I need to do the things that I need to do, regardless.


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.


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!


Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer.


If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he'll do is take it apart to figure out how it works.


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


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.


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