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Linus Torvalds

Birthdate: 28. December 1969
Other names: लाइनस टोर्भाल्ड्स्, Линус торвалдс

Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator, and for a long time, principal developer of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for operating systems such as the Linux operating system, Android, and Chrome OS. He also created the distributed revision control system Git and the diving logging and planning software Subsurface. He was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland "in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel". He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award.

Quotes Linus Torvalds

„Talk is cheap. Show me the code.“

—  Linus Torvalds

Message to linux-kernel mailing list, 2000-08-25, Torvalds, Linus, 2006-08-28 http://lkml.org/lkml/2000/8/25/132,
2000s, 2000-04

„My name is Linus Torvalds and I am your god.“

—  Linus Torvalds

As quoted in: Young, Robert; Goldman Rohm, Wendy (1999), Under the Radar: How Red Hat Changed the Software Business – and Took Microsoft by Surprise, p. 111
Jokingly introducing himself, at the 1998 Linux Expo in Durham, North Carolina
2000s, (2001)

„Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.“

—  Linus Torvalds

<nowiki>Linus Torvalds on Twitter</nowiki>, Torvalds, Linus, 2013-01-29, 2016-07-26 https://twitter.com/linus__torvalds/status/296333371393597440,
2010s, 2013

„Software is like sex; it's better when it's free.“

—  Linus Torvalds

Attributed to Torvalds at 1996 FSF conference, video showing this phrase in one of Torvalds papers (time code: 48.44) https://web.archive.org/web/20071016215132/http://www.argentilinux.com.ar/doku.php/linux_videos_documentales:the_code_linux
Attributed

„So the whole "We have a list and we're not telling you" should tell you something. Don't you think that if Microsoft actually had some really foolproof patent, they'd just tell us and go, "nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!"“

—  Linus Torvalds

Torvalds tells Microsoft to put up or shut up, 2007-05-16, Thomson, Iain, 2016-01-18 https://web.archive.org/web/20070520054734/http://www.pcw.co.uk/vnunet/news/2189971/torvalds-tells-microsoft-put, Said about Microsoft's claim that the Linux kernel infringes upon 42 of their patents.
2000s, 2007

„Which mindset is right? Mine, of course. People who disagree with me are by definition crazy.“

—  Linus Torvalds

Until I change my mind, when they can suddenly become upstanding citizens. I'm flexible, and not black-and-white.
Linus compares Linux and BSDs, NewsForge, 2005-06-13, Barr, Joe, 2006-08-28 http://www.linux.com/articles/45571,
2000s, 2005

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„WE DO NOT BREAK USERSPACE!“

—  Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds - LKML, Torvalds, Linus, 2012-12-23, 2012-12-29 https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/12/23/75,
2010s, 2012

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

—  Linus Torvalds

Message to Linux kernel mailing list, 2006-09-22, Torvalds, Linus, 2008-06-07 http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/9/22/319,
2000s, 2006

„I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.“

—  Linus Torvalds

unknown, news:[email protected], Post, news:comp.os.minix, Google Groups, 1991-08-25, 2006-08-28, Torvalds, Linus http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&selm=1991Aug25.205708.9541%40klaava.Helsinki.FI, This was the launch of Linux.
1990s, 1991-94

„Dijkstra probably hates me.“

—  Linus Torvalds

Comment in Linux kernel 1.1.42's kernel/sched.c file, 2006-08-28 http://www.linuxhq.com/kernel/v1.1/42/kernel/sched.c,
2000s, 2006

„I claim that Mach people (and apparently FreeBSD) are incompetent idiots.“

—  Linus Torvalds

LKML, April 21, 2006 http://groups.google.com/group/fa.linux.kernel/msg/0aff8e90a185c176
2000s, 2006

„I chose 1000 originally partly as a way to make sure that people that assumed HZ was 100 would get a swift kick in the pants.“

—  Linus Torvalds

Message to linux-kernel mailing list, 2005-07-08, Torvalds, Linus, 2007-05-28 http://lkml.org/lkml/2005/7/8/263,
2000s, 2005

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