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Linus Torvalds Quote: “Talk is cheap. Show me the code.”

Talk is cheap. Show me the code.

— Linus Torvalds



Linus Torvalds Quote: “A computer is like air conditioning – it becomes useless when you open Windows.”

A computer is like air conditioning – it becomes useless when you open Windows.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.”

Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Avoiding complexity reduces bugs.”

Avoiding complexity reduces bugs.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, complain.”

Those that can, do. Those that can’t, complain.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “All operating systems suck, but Linux just sucks less.”

All operating systems suck, but Linux just sucks less.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Don’t hurry your code. Make sure it works well and is well designed. Don’t worry about timing.”

Don’t hurry your code. Make sure it works well and is well designed. Don’t worry about timing.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.”

If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Nobody actually creates perfect code the first time around, except me. But there’s only one of me.”

Nobody actually creates perfect code the first time around, except me. But there’s only one of me.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I have an ego the size of a small planet.”

I have an ego the size of a small planet.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Backups are for wimps. Real men upload their data to an FTP site and have everyone else mirror it.”

Backups are for wimps. Real men upload their data to an FTP site and have everyone else mirror it.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Excusing bad programming is a shooting offence, no matter what the circumstances.”

Excusing bad programming is a shooting offence, no matter what the circumstances.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “My name is Linus, and I am your God.”

My name is Linus, and I am your God.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Theory and practice sometimes clash. And when that happens, theory loses. Every single time.”

Theory and practice sometimes clash. And when that happens, theory loses. Every single time.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “People who are doing things for fun do things the right way by themselves.”

People who are doing things for fun do things the right way by themselves.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “An infinite number of monkeys typing into GNU emacs would never make a good program.”

An infinite number of monkeys typing into GNU emacs would never make a good program.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t think I’m unusual in preferring my laptop to be thin and light.”

I don’t think I’m unusual in preferring my laptop to be thin and light.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at making good operating systems.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It’s the right way to do things.”

I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It’s the right way to do things.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Every time I see some piece of medical research saying that caffeine is good for you, I high-five myself. Because I’m going to live forever.”

Every time I see some piece of medical research saying that caffeine is good for you, I high-five myself. Because I’m going to live forever.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures.”

Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Non-technical questions sometimes don’t have an answer at all.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “You won’t get sued for anticompetitive behavior.”

You won’t get sued for anticompetitive behavior.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I think of myself as an engineer, not as a visionary or ‘big thinker.’ I don’t have any lofty goals.”

I think of myself as an engineer, not as a visionary or ‘big thinker.’ I don’t have any lofty goals.

— Linus Torvalds


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

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”

Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

— Linus Torvalds


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

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.”

If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I want my office to be quiet. The loudest thing in the room – by far – should be the occasional purring of the cat.”

I want my office to be quiet. The loudest thing in the room – by far – should be the occasional purring of the cat.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn’t started as any kind of rebellion against the ‘evil Microsoft empire.’”

I’m interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn’t started as any kind of rebellion against the ‘evil Microsoft empire.’

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “The way to do good basic design isn’t actually to be really smart about it, but to try to have a few basic concepts.”

The way to do good basic design isn’t actually to be really smart about it, but to try to have a few basic concepts.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I will, in fact, claim that the difference between a bad programmer and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures more important. Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.”

I will, in fact, claim that the difference between a bad programmer and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures more important. Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.

— Linus Torvalds


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

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.’”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved.”

In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I am not out to destroy Microsoft, that would be a completely unintended side effect.”

I am not out to destroy Microsoft, that would be a completely unintended side effect.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “On the internet nobody can hear you being subtle.”

On the internet nobody can hear you being subtle.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I think the term “intellectual property” should be avoided, not because it’s a bad term, but because it mixes things up that shouldn’t be mixed up. There are different forms, and they hardly have anything to do with each other.”

I think the term “intellectual property” should be avoided, not because it’s a bad term, but because it mixes things up that shouldn’t be mixed up. There are different forms, and they hardly have anything to do with each other.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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

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