Linus Torvalds Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Linus Torvalds Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Linus Torvalds Sayings: Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense. Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: The fame and reputation part came later, and never was much of a motivator, although 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.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: In real open source, you have the right to control your own destiny. In real open source, you have the right to control your own destiny.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: A lot of people want to have market share numbers, lots of users, because that's 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 testing new kernels; it's the only way to support the absolute insane amount of different hardware we deal with.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom 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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Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'm a huge believer in evolution (not in the sense that "it happened" - anybody I'm a huge believer in evolution (not in the sense that "it happened" - anybody who doesn't believe that is either uninformed or crazy, but in the sense "the processes of evolution are really fundamental, and should probably be at least thought about in pretty much any context").
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: I started Linux as a desktop operating system. And it's the only area where Linux 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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Linus Torvalds Sayings: And what's the Internet without the rick-roll? And what's the Internet without the rick-roll?
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: Me trying to make a business around Linux would have been a total disaster. Me trying to make a business around Linux would have been a total disaster.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'm not worried about the kernel itself or the basic system. All the commercialization is I'm not worried about the kernel itself or the basic system. All the commercialization is about the distributions and the applications. As such, it only brings value-added things to Linux, and it doesn't take anything away from the Linux scene.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: I seldom get self-righteous, and even when I am being impolite (almost always on purpose I seldom get self-righteous, and even when I am being impolite (almost always on purpose - there's an art to insulting people, too), I tend to try to not be too serious about it. And most of the time it means that I can take criticism constructively, and sometimes just change my opinion on the fly and laugh at myself over having turned on a dime.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: Linux has more than satisfied any small initial expectations I had. It's simply incredible how Linux has more than satisfied any small initial expectations I had. It's simply incredible how successful Linux has been, and how good a time I've had developing it and leading the project. It does take a lot of my time, but it's time I really enjoy spending, and Linux has continued to be challenging both technically and from a managing standpoint.
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Linus Torvalds Sayings: Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures. Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Portability is for people who cannot write new programs Portability is for people who cannot write new programs
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The Linux kernel is under the GPL version 2. Not anything else. Some individual files The Linux kernel is under the GPL version 2. Not anything else. Some individual files are licensable under v3, but not the kernel in general. And quite frankly, I don't see that changing. I think it's insane to require people to make their private signing keys available, for example. I wouldn't do it. So I don't think the GPL v3 conversion is going to happen for the kernel, since I personally don't want to convert any of my code. You think v2 or later is the default. It's not. The _default_ is to not allow conversion. Conversion isn't going to happen.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: If you have ever done any security work - and it did not involve the If you have ever done any security work - and it did not involve the concept of "network of trust" - it wasn't security work, it was - masturbation. I don't know what you were doing. But trust me, it's the only way you can do security, it's the only way you can do development.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Quite frankly, even if the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the Quite frankly, even if the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the C++ programmers out, that in itself would be a huge reason to use C.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I think Leopard is a much better system [than Windows Vista] ... but OS X I think Leopard is a much better system [than Windows Vista] ... but OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Real quality means making sure that people are proud of the code they write, that Real quality means making sure that people are proud of the code they write, that they're involved and taking it personally.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I think of myself as an engineer, not as a visionary or 'big thinker.' I I think of myself as an engineer, not as a visionary or 'big thinker.' I don't have any lofty goals.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: No-one has ever called me a cool dude. I'm somewhere between geek and normal. No-one has ever called me a cool dude. I'm somewhere between geek and normal.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'm basically a very lazy person who likes to get credit for things other people I'm basically a very lazy person who likes to get credit for things other people actually do.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: With software, you really can replicate and do a lot of very real and active With software, you really can replicate and do a lot of very real and active development in parallel, and actually try it out and see what works.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Once you realize that documentation should be laughed at, peed upon, put on fire, and Once you realize that documentation should be laughed at, peed upon, put on fire, and just ridiculed in general, THEN, and only then, have you reached the level where you can safely read it and try to use it to actually implement a driver.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Right now some people are just running around in circles and claiming that moving things Right now some people are just running around in circles and claiming that moving things to the kernel automatically makes it more stable. I'm telling you that the kernel is stable not because it's a kernel, but because I refuse to listen to arguments like this.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I started Linux because I wanted to see it on the desktop ... I do I started Linux because I wanted to see it on the desktop ... I do hope that the desktop people would try to work together ... and work more on the technology than trying to make the login screen look really nice.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The bulk of all patents are crap. Spending time reading them is stupid. It's up 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Personally, I'm not interested in making device drivers look like user-level. They aren't, they shouldn't Personally, I'm not interested in making device drivers look like user-level. They aren't, they shouldn't be, and microkernels are just stupid.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: To be honest, the fact that people trust you gives you a lot of power 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Part of doing Linux was that I had to communicate a lot more instead of Part of doing Linux was that I had to communicate a lot more instead of just being a geek in front of a computer.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: What I find most interesting is how people really have taken Linux and used it 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Often your 'fixes' are actually removing capabilities that you had, because they were 'too confusing Often your 'fixes' are actually removing capabilities that you had, because they were 'too confusing to the user'. GNOME seems to be developed by interface Nazis, where consistently the excuse for not doing something is not 'it's too complicated to do', but 'it would confuse users'.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see it, the 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 Sayings: I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly. I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I have one very basic rule when it comes to "good ideas". A good idea I have one very basic rule when it comes to "good ideas". A good idea is not an idea that solves a problem cleanly. A good idea is an idea that solves several things at the same time. The mark of good coding is not that the program does what you want, it's that it also does something that you didn't start out wanting.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: That's what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It's That's what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It's a positive feedback cycle.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at making good operating systems.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like 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 Sayings: Being open source meant that I could work on the technical side (along with lots Being open source meant that I could work on the technical side (along with lots of other people), and others who had the interest and inclination could start up companies around it.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: In many ways, I am very happy about the whole Linux commercial market because the 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I actually don't believe that everybody should necessarily try to learn to code. I think I actually don't believe that everybody should necessarily try to learn to code. I think it's reasonably specialized, and nobody really expects most people to have to do it. It's not like knowing how to read and write and do basic math.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The economics of the security world are all horribly, horribly nasty and are largely based The economics of the security world are all horribly, horribly nasty and are largely based on fear, intimidation and blackmail.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children. The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: C++ is in that inconvenient spot where it doesn't help make things simple enough to C++ is in that inconvenient spot where it doesn't help make things simple enough to be truly usable for prototyping or simple GUI programming, and yet isn't the lean system programming language that C is that actively encourages you to use simple and direct constructs.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: By staying neutral, I end up being somebody that everybody can trust. Even if they 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: It was such a relief to program in user mode for a change. Not having It was such a relief to program in user mode for a change. Not having to care about the small stuff is wonderful.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Only wimps use tape backup. REAL men just upload their important stuff on ftp and Only wimps use tape backup. REAL men just upload their important stuff on ftp and let the rest of the world mirror it.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby 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 Sayings: The fact is, there aren't just two sides to any issue, there's almost always a The fact is, there aren't just two sides to any issue, there's almost always a range of responses, and "it depends" is almost always the right answer in any big question.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: A lot of people still like Solaris, but I'm in active competition with them, and A lot of people still like Solaris, but I'm in active competition with them, and so I hope they die.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I've tried it a couple of times over the years, mainly because the thing Ubuntu I've tried it a couple of times over the years, mainly because the thing Ubuntu did so well was make Debian usable. I always felt that Debian was a pointless exercise because to me, the point of a distribution is to make everything easy. Easy to install, to be pretty and to be friendly and Ubuntu did that to Debian.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: software is like sex : it's better when it's free.. software is like sex : it's better when it's free..
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I actually think that I'm a rather optimistic and happy person; it's just that I'm 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: An individual developer like me cares about writing the new code and making it as 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I don't doubt at all that virtualization is useful in some areas. What I doubt I don't doubt at all that virtualization is useful in some areas. What I doubt rather strongly is that it will ever have the kind of impact that the people involved in virtualization want it to have.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended. I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: People will realize that software is not a product; you use it to build a People will realize that software is not a product; you use it to build a product,
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I love making friends ... it's people I can't stand. I love making friends ... it's people I can't stand.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I claim that Mach people (and apparently FreeBSD) are incompetent idiots. I claim that Mach people (and apparently FreeBSD) are incompetent idiots.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'd much rather have 15 people arguing about something than 15 people splitting into two 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I don't actually go to that many conferences. I do that a couple of times 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 just doing my job.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: If you want an application to be portable, you don't necessarily create an abstraction layer 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior. You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: There are literally several levels of SCO being wrong. And even if we were to There are literally several levels of SCO being wrong. And even if we were to live in that alternate universe where SCO would be right, they'd still be wrong.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: In short: just say NO TO DRUGS, and maybe you won't end up like the In short: just say NO TO DRUGS, and maybe you won't end up like the Hurd people.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: C++ is a horrible language. It's made more horrible by the fact that a lot C++ is a horrible language. It's made more horrible by the fact that a lot of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it's much much easier to generate total and utter crap with it.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: On the internet nobody can hear you being subtle. On the internet nobody can hear you being subtle.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I am very happy about Android obviously. I use Android, and it's actually made cellphones I am very happy about Android obviously. I use Android, and it's actually made cellphones very usable.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: When you hear voices in your head that tell you to shoot the pope, do When you hear voices in your head that tell you to shoot the pope, do you do what they say? Same thing goes for customers and managers. They are the crazy voices in your head, and you need to set them right, not just blindly do what they ask for.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: The cyberspace earnings I get from Linux come in the format of having a Network 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 Sayings: I get the biggest enjoyment from the random and unexpected places. Linux on cellphones or 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.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I can mostly laugh at myself and this whole mess called "Linux developers," which means I can mostly laugh at myself and this whole mess called "Linux developers," which means that I get along with most people and most people get along with me.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: You know, the mark of intelligence is realizing when you're making the same mistake over You know, the mark of intelligence is realizing when you're making the same mistake over and over and over again, and not hitting your head in the wall five hundred times before you understand that it's not a clever thing to do.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: One of the reasons that I really don't mind that people are selling Linux commercially One of the reasons that I really don't mind that people are selling Linux commercially is exactly because it does make me feel good that people use the product.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: So I would not be surprised if the globbing libraries, for example, will do NFD-mangling So I would not be surprised if the globbing libraries, for example, will do NFD-mangling in order to glob "correctly", so even programs ported from real Unix might end up getting pathnames subtly changed into NFD as part of some hot library-on-library action with UTF hackery inside.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Helsinki isn't all that bad. It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only Helsinki isn't all that bad. It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I think one thing I do pretty well is not taking myself too seriously. I think one thing I do pretty well is not taking myself too seriously.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: So I've decided to be a very rich and famous person who doesn't really care So I've decided to be a very rich and famous person who doesn't really care about money, and who is very humble but who still makes a lot of money and is very famous, but is very humble and rich and famous ...
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I never try to make any far-reaching predictions, so much can happen that it simply I never try to make any far-reaching predictions, so much can happen that it simply only makes you look stupid a few years later.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works. I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: One of the questions I've always hated answering is how do people make money in 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 show that yes, you can actually make money in the open-source area.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I think people can generally trust me, but they can trust me exactly because they I think people can generally trust me, but they can trust me exactly because they know they don't have to.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Bill Gates really seems to be much more of a business man than a technologist, Bill Gates really seems to be much more of a business man than a technologist, while I prefer to think of Linux in technical terms rather than as a means to money. As such, I'm not very likely to make the same kind of money that Bill made.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very 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 Sayings: If it is relevant there is always somebody else out there. If it is relevant there is always somebody else out there.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: When I do programming in my free time and for my own enjoyment, I really When I do programming in my free time and for my own enjoyment, I really want to have a kind of protection: knowing that when I improve a program those improvements will continue to be available to me and others in future versions of the program.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I'm talking In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I am not a visionary. I'm an engineer. I'm happy with the people who are I am not a visionary. I'm an engineer. I'm happy with the people who are wandering around looking at the stars but I am looking at the ground and I want to fix the pothole before I fall in.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: There are "extremists" in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I There are "extremists" in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do "free software" any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: A consumer doesn't take anything away: he doesn't actually consume anything. Giving the same thing 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 Sayings: Modern PCs are horrible. ACPI is a complete design disaster in every way. But we're Modern PCs are horrible. ACPI is a complete design disaster in every way. But we're kind of stuck with it. If any Intel people are listening to this and you had anything to do with ACPI, shoot yourself now, before you reproduce.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems. Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: When you say 'I wrote a program that crashed Windows,' people just stare at you 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 Sayings: I don't see myself as a visionary at all. I don't see myself as a visionary at all.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: Every once in a while an issue comes up where I have to make a 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 neutral.
Linus Torvalds Sayings: I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going 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, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords.