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A consumer doesn't take anything away: he doesn't actually consume anything. Giving the same thing to a thousand consumers is not really any more expensive than giving it to just one.
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A large motivator was that people started using Linux, and it feels good to have done something that other people enjoy using.
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Any program is only as good as it is useful.
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Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it.
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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.
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Finland is very high-tech. I think Finland is number one in the world when it comes to the number of Internet accesses per person.
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Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge.
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Helsinki isn't all that bad. It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime.
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Helsinki may not be as cold as you make it out to be, but California is still a lot nicer. I don't remember the last time I couldn't walk around in shorts all day.
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I could probably have made more money during the seven years I've so far spent with Linux doing something else.
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I didn't want to work for a commercial Linux venture because I didn't want to get pressurized into doing something I didn't want to do.
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I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.
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I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places.
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I don't think everybody should be interested in how an operating system works.
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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.
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I hate the fact that I can't fix bugs in traditional software, but sometimes that kind of software is the way to go.
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I have a lot of different machines, and I want to be able to work on them all. Having free software means I can compile it both on my alphas and my PCs.
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I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product.
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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.
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I spend more time coordinating than writing: there are times when I spend a week or two only writing code.
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I think the fact that I moved to a commercial company really isn't of that big importance.
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I try to avoid long-range plans and visions - that way I can more easily deal with anything new that comes up.
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I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see it, the more it looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything technically interesting there.
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I very seldom worry about other systems. I concentrate pretty fully on just making Linux the best I can.
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I was worried that I'd get bored with Linux if that was all I ever did. So the work here at Transmeta was pretty much perfect for me.
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I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works.
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I've always felt pressure about keeping Linux right, but they have always been technical pressures, and as such I haven't worried too much about them.
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I've been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they've been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.
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I've been very happy with the commercial Linux CD-ROM vendors linux Red Hat.
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I've been very successful in delegating off any work that I cannot or do not want to handle.
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I've done all the major designs, and I am the main maintainer of the basic services like memory management, common file system routines, process handling, etc.
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I've never regretted not making Linux shareware: I really don't like the pay for use binary shareware programs.
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If I had continued to do Linux on my own, it would have been a much less interesting and complete system.
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If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.
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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.
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In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at making good operating systems.
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Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.
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Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense.
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Linux tends to have fewer rules than other developments, and anybody can chip in doing whatever they want.
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Making Linux GPL'd was definitely the best thing I ever did.
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Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.
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Minix was meant to be a teaching operating system, but it had been too limited and too expensive.
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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.
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My boss can't ask me to do something to Linux that I wouldn't want to do.
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My name is Linus, and I am your God.
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Non-technical questions sometimes don't have an answer at all.
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One major advantage of being from Finland was the very high level of education, and it was pretty much free, so I didn't have to worry about economic issues when getting an education.
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Originally Linux was just something I had done, and making it available was mostly, Look at what I've done; isn't this neat? kind of thing.
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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.
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People who are entirely willing to pay for the product and support find that the Linux way of doing things is often superior to commercial support.
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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.
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See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.
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Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial software with the worst of free software.
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Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
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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 a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.
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Technical concerns tend to find a solution as long as there are good people working on them. And Linux has the very best.
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That's what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It's a positive feedback cycle.
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The cyberspace earnings I get from Linux come in the format of having a Network of people that know me and trust me, and that I can depend on in return.
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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.
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The first consideration for anybody should be whether you'd like to do it even if you got nothing at all back. If you answer yes, then it is probably a project you'd enjoy doing.
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The good thing with technical pressures is that technical questions always have a good answer.
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The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it.
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The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children.
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The thing with Linux is that the developers themselves are actually customers too: that has always been an important part of Linux.
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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.
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There still isn't enough choice in the desktop application area, and the applications are still not easy enough to find.
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What commercialism has brought into Linux has been the incentive to make a good distribution that is easy to use and that has all the packaging issues worked out.
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When I made Linux, I wanted it to be easily available, and I did not want it to be too expensive.
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When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a life-saver.
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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."
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Without Linux I would never have gotten the name in the computer industry that I now have.
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You can trade in your reputation for money. Have your cake and eat it, too.
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You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior.
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