Linux Journal: Linus & the Lunatics, Part I
Nov 26, 2003, 13:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)
"Linus: As most of you probably already know, I
hate giving talks... I expect this to be mostly a Q&A. But
usually Q&As that start off cold don't work very well. So what
I usually do for my Q&A is do a few slides. If the slides end
up being interesting and I get questions on the slides, the slides
can take up the whole thing. But that seldom happens because the
slides tend to be boring.
"But I've noticed that I used to give a lot of talks about
what's new in 2.6 kind of things, right? Or a few technical
thoughts about some specific feature. And I decided I won't do that
this time at all. Because I notice that what I'm not actually doing
any more is coding... Since I'm still giving a talk about technical
stuff, I decided that I might as well give a talk about managing
stuff... a few slides on some of the issues that come up.
"I've really only got a few points on what really matters.
Obviously, people--managing people, and having other people manage
people for you--ends up being one of the more important parts. The
other one is that we have started to use a lot of tools for
management. One of them obviously is source control. The other one
is, I'm writing this C parser because I decided I needed it and
"So people it actually seems to be biggest