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Linus Torvalds
December 28, 1969 -
Nationality: Finnish
Category: Businessman

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


Any program is only as good as it is useful.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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