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Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds and looking at the stars and saying, “I want to go there.” But I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in.”

I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds and looking at the stars and saying, “I want to go there.” But I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in.

— Linus Torvalds



Linus Torvalds Quote: “No problem is too big it can’t be run away from.”

No problem is too big it can’t be run away from.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Microsoft isn’t evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “In short: just say NO TO DRUGS, and maybe you won’t end up like the Hurd people.”

In short: just say NO TO DRUGS, and maybe you won’t end up like the Hurd people.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Helsinki isn’t all that bad. It’s a very nice city, and it’s cold really only in wintertime.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “The fact that ACPI was designed by a group of monkeys high on LSD, and is some of the worst designs in the industry obviously makes running it at any point pretty damn ugly.”

The fact that ACPI was designed by a group of monkeys high on LSD, and is some of the worst designs in the industry obviously makes running it at any point pretty damn ugly.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “OK, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.”

OK, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m basically a very lazy person who likes to get credit for things other people actually do.”

I’m basically a very lazy person who likes to get credit for things other people actually do.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Hmmm, completely a-religious – atheist. I find that people seem to think religion brings morals and appreciation of nature. I actually think it detracts from both.”

Hmmm, completely a-religious – atheist. I find that people seem to think religion brings morals and appreciation of nature. I actually think it detracts from both.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more.”

I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “To be a nemesis, you have to actively try to destroy something, don’t you? Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.”

To be a nemesis, you have to actively try to destroy something, don’t you? Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’ve been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they’ve been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.”

I’ve been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they’ve been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Real quality means making sure that people are proud of the code they write, that they’re involved and taking it personally.”

Real quality means making sure that people are proud of the code they write, that they’re involved and taking it personally.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “While I may not get any money from Linux, I get a huge personal satisfaction from having written something that people really enjoy using, and that people find to be the best alternative for their needs.”

While I may not get any money from Linux, I get a huge personal satisfaction from having written something that people really enjoy using, and that people find to be the best alternative for their needs.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “The thing I love about diving is the flowing feeling. I like a sport where the whole point is to move as little as humanly possible so your air supply will last longer. That’s my kind of sport. Where the amount of effort spent is absolutely minimal.”

The thing I love about diving is the flowing feeling. I like a sport where the whole point is to move as little as humanly possible so your air supply will last longer. That’s my kind of sport. Where the amount of effort spent is absolutely minimal.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Any program is only as good as it is useful.”

Any program is only as good as it is useful.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t think commercialization is the answer to anything. It’s just one more facet of Linux, and not the deciding one by any means.”

I don’t think commercialization is the answer to anything. It’s just one more facet of Linux, and not the deciding one by any means.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “The idea of abstracting away the one thing that must be blindingly fast, the kernel, is inherently counter productive.”

The idea of abstracting away the one thing that must be blindingly fast, the kernel, is inherently counter productive.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “If it is relevant there is always somebody else out there.”

If it is relevant there is always somebody else out there.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I spend a lot more time than any person should have to talking with lawyers and thinking about intellectual property issues.”

I spend a lot more time than any person should have to talking with lawyers and thinking about intellectual property issues.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I made very sure that I did not get involved with any of the commercial Linux companies, exactly so that I would be neutral and not ever seen as “working for the competition”.”

I made very sure that I did not get involved with any of the commercial Linux companies, exactly so that I would be neutral and not ever seen as “working for the competition”.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I think people can generally trust me, but they can trust me exactly because they know they don’t have to.”

I think people can generally trust me, but they can trust me exactly because they know they don’t have to.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “So I decided that if the architecture is fundamentally sane enough, say it follows some basic rules like it supported paging, then I would be able to say, yes, Linux fundamentally supports that model.”

So I decided that if the architecture is fundamentally sane enough, say it follows some basic rules like it supported paging, then I would be able to say, yes, Linux fundamentally supports that model.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Making Linux GPL’d was definitely the best thing I ever did.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Turtles are very stable and have been around forever. But they have problems adapting. When humans came along, turtles came under serious threat. Biodiversity is good, and I think it is good in technology as well.”

Turtles are very stable and have been around forever. But they have problems adapting. When humans came along, turtles came under serious threat. Biodiversity is good, and I think it is good in technology as well.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I am very happy about Android obviously. I use Android, and it’s actually made cellphones very usable.”

I am very happy about Android obviously. I use Android, and it’s actually made cellphones very usable.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t go to conferences quite as much as I used to: having a child and movin away from the university leaves me with less time, but I’ve tried to balance things out – not just spending time with Linux all the time, but having a real job and a real life at the same time.”

I don’t go to conferences quite as much as I used to: having a child and movin away from the university leaves me with less time, but I’ve tried to balance things out – not just spending time with Linux all the time, but having a real job and a real life at the same time.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “If you start doing things because you hate others and want to screw them over, the end result is bad.”

If you start doing things because you hate others and want to screw them over, the end result is bad.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Language is one of the fundamental principles of human understanding. It is the way we interact with each other and how we grasp the world we live in. Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”

Language is one of the fundamental principles of human understanding. It is the way we interact with each other and how we grasp the world we live in. Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.

— Linus Torvalds

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