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ComputerWorld: Linux Creator Credits Users, Says their wants are fueling development

Nov 22, 1999, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds told a Comdex audience of thousands last week that user demands rather than purely technological interests have begun to drive the development of the free, open-source operating system."

"Users and what users want are really starting to show up on the radar," he said. He cited how Linux's graphical interfaces have emphasized ease of use and even sought to mimic Windows to flatten the learning curve for new users...."

"People want convenience," Torvalds said. Convenience is motivating developers to improve Linux's power management to support wireless devices. Users also want power, which Torvalds said is keeping him focused on delivering a new version of Linux's kernel, Version 2.4, with support for eight or more processors and a higher limit on memory."

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