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Linus Torvalds Quote: “I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.”

I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.

— Linus Torvalds



Linus Torvalds Quote: “I like to think that I’ve been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I see myself as a technical person who chose a great project and a great way of doing that project.”

I see myself as a technical person who chose a great project and a great way of doing that project.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m perfectly happy complaining, because it’s cathartic, and I’m perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastime – not programming.”

I’m perfectly happy complaining, because it’s cathartic, and I’m perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastime – not programming.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “That’s what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It’s a positive feedback cycle.”

That’s what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It’s a positive feedback cycle.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Part of doing Linux was that I had to communicate a lot more instead of just being a geek in front of a computer.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge.”

Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “One of the reasons I like open source is that it allows people to work on the parts they are good at, and I don’t mean just on a technical level; some people are into the whole selling and support, and that’s just not me.”

One of the reasons I like open source is that it allows people to work on the parts they are good at, and I don’t mean just on a technical level; some people are into the whole selling and support, and that’s just not me.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “On a purely technical side, I’m really very happy with how Linux gets used in a very wide set of different areas. It’s important for development.”

On a purely technical side, I’m really very happy with how Linux gets used in a very wide set of different areas. It’s important for development.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’ve been very happy with the commercial Linux CD-ROM vendors linux Red Hat.”

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

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’m simply too content doing what I want to do to really have a very negative attitude towards MicroSoft. They make bad products – so what? I don’t need to care, because I happily don’t have to use them, and writing my own alternative has been a very gratifying experience in many ways.”

I’m simply too content doing what I want to do to really have a very negative attitude towards MicroSoft. They make bad products – so what? I don’t need to care, because I happily don’t have to use them, and writing my own alternative has been a very gratifying experience in many ways.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t have any authority over Linux other than this notion that I know what I’m doing.”

I don’t have any authority over Linux other than this notion that I know what I’m doing.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I don’t try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don’t really see MS as competition. Especially not Windows-the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different.”

I don’t try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don’t really see MS as competition. Especially not Windows-the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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.

— Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds Quote: “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.”

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


Linus Torvalds Quote: “I’d argue that everybody wants to do something that matters.”

I’d argue that everybody wants to do something that matters.

— Linus Torvalds

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