Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

Linus (rhymes with shyness) Torvalds (author of the Linux kernel) traded email with us for several days in January giving us his views on the future direction of Linux (rhymes with clinics) and his ongoing role in its development.
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Linus' name does not "rhyme

jasonjk74's picture

Linus' name does not "rhyme with shyness". It is pronounced "Lee-nus". It is not difficult.

hello,Linus-san..(later please remove..)

fumi's picture

hello,linus-san..
im sorry bout this sudden email to you...
just..i wanted to tell...

cos..below is..

>Frankly, I don't know. I got a default homepage (in Finnish) made automatically for me, and now I wonder what I should do with it. If you have any great suggestions, feel free to mail me, and I'll probably feel free to ignore you.

i felt one person...yes..he is my stolker..(he is bad cracker..)..
well..i told you to him etc.
"you(linus-san) are genuine..."like that..

cos he is cracker...he stole sooooooo many videos..etc.nex to next...
and he copy those..as selfish aims...etc..for bad aims..

actaully...he uses my messages or my comments to him...to new people...next to next.
yes..he pretends..as me...on the internet..toward soooooooooooooo many people...

cos..he likes my head so...
yes..i had my head by nature..

he wanna pretend as me...
yes..as his crimes...he keep doings those..

so i worried bout that contents..of linus-san..

cos..i felt he may do that..

he hided behind of me..for 3years...more than 3years..

yes..at first..i didn't notice..
and..i can't like him...etiher..
so..he has hateness to me..

he disturb my actions too..

what i wanna tell now..
just..if he might make those...for disturbing linus-san..
and..he may pretend as me...

yes..my nickname is fumimi..

he may say..as fumi etc...for attacking..

but..even he said any bad and weird words..to linus-san..etc.
but..not mine..

cos..to him etc..direclty..i told those words..
just he likes to hurt people... ...in a sense... . .

so..he may hurt linus-san etc.... ...

i'm sorry...cos those messages...from my comments to him..etc.
as editing etc...by him..

so..don't care...if u received weird messages..as pretending me.

or..if linus-san didn't receive..
i relive...(cos he attacked people sooooooooooooooooooooo much for this 3years..on the internet..)

for stopping that too..
i faced and face to him..

thank you very much for reading these.
I'm sorry my english isn't enough..

if linus-san didn't receive anything bad from him.......

please don't care...
thank you.

just i worried bout a little...
cos it was similar as one of his ways for bad aim.....

i need to go.
thank you in advance.

please take care.

fumi

>This is Patricia Miranda Torvalds, my daughter:

nice pics!

question about Linus

Anny Matte's picture

Hello! I am Anna,I am a writer and I want to write a novel about hackers. And may be you can help me and advice how I can connect with Linus.

Thanks,
sorry about my english!!!
Anna Matte

My e-mail annamat@yandex.ru

Linus Torvalds Time to reiinterview him (1994-2007=13years)

Anonymous's picture

Thats about all. It made great reading then and now. Id like to see a new interview and maybe a photo ;D

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

Anonymous's picture

The linux master has done a tremendous job in the world of computing.

Narasimha swamy N
Bangalore,Karnataka,India

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Anonymous's picture

He is realy a great inovator of great operating system

Raghavendra M.D
bangalore,India

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Anonymous's picture

A great achiever at such an young age

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

Anonymous's picture

Linus didn't seem to have many (if any regrets) in '94, and the same is true now.

I have a regret. I wish I had gotten involved a lot earlier than '99.

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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I wish I got involved with kernel hacking to being with. Oh wait, I was in 5th grade back in 91. Hmm... Guess I'll have to stick with my own OS

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i wish i had before '98 ;)

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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Or before 2002 for me.

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Anonymous's picture

It's weird... I'm sure if you gave the same (obviously modified for today's technical issues) interview questions to Linus today he'd answer the same.

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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He seemed pretty reasonable to me, even it was 10 years ago. But what was that Windows emulation project he mentioned? WINE or native support?

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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WINE. Linus thought WINE would be the key to general acceptance of Linux as a desktop OS. WINE is pretty impressive but just not quite stable enough to fill the role he wanted it to.

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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amazing how things have changed since '94.. though linus, really hasnt.

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I think he has a bit. The 1994 Linus wouldn't have sworn off about Intel like the 2004 Linus. He's probably been in America too long and adopted its ways.

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Err, Linus used to rant and rave about things and he still does. He never considered the Intel architecture "broken" like some other people just because it wasn't RISC. It does get certain things like physical-address based caching, binary density, and hardware-based avoidance detection correct. Of course there are problems like the nasty ISA legacy, a crappy interrupt controller, and a serverely limited number of registers. The other thing going for Intel is the magnitude of their sales. The IBM PC compatable market is absolutely huge and that leads to a lot of incremental innovation and incremental price drops. Remeber Linus likes incremental improvements.

His recent rantings about Intel weren't about x86, they were about the Itanic. Intel threw away compatability and made life much harder for operating system developers and compiler writers for almost no gain. The initial versions of the chip were insanely expensive and performed far slower than the 32 bit equivalents. It's no wonder it hasn't caught on. Linus was absolutely right and I think the market will agree.

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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amazing how things have changed since '94.. though linus, really hasnt.

Of course he has. We all change. It's inevitable. Some superficial things stayed the same.

Re: Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux

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Did they have fp trolls in '94?

fp

Anonymous's picture

This is the latest first post ever.

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And likely the lamest.

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Anonymous's picture

c'mon, it was +5: Funny;

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:)

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