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EnRus: Linus without Linux

Apr 10, 2002, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Natalie Shahova)

[ Thanks to Natalie Shahova for this link. ]

"Even people remote from the computer industry have heard about Linux, a free operating system that has become widespread and, some people expect, may someday replace Microsoft Windows. Its creator Linus Torvalds, the world leader of the popular open source movement in the IT industry, told his story (in collaboration with David Diamond) in the book Just for Fun, published by HarperCollins in May 2001. The book was translated into Russian by EnRus and published by EKSMO. I made Linus's (virtual) acquaintance while translating Just for Fun, as I contacted him in order to solve various issues in the text. When the project was finished, Linus gave me an interview, which was published in Russian in Computerra #11, 2002. The English original appears below.

"Knowing from Just for Fun that Linus is tired of answering questions about Linux and open source, I turned to topics of language and culture that interest me as a professional translator and are particularly relevant in the post-Soviet environment.

"You were born in Finland, but your mother tongue is Swedish. Do you call yourself a Finn, or a Swede? What is it like to be a Swede in Finland?

"Oh, I'm a Finn, definitely. When Finland beats Sweden in ice hockey, it's a national holiday, and Swedish-speaking Finns are celebrating. I only speak Swedish; there are no ties to the country of Sweden. And don't say 'Swede in Finland,' it's really 'Swedish-speaking Finn' ('finlandssvensk' in Swedish, 'suomenruotsalainen' in Finnish)..."

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