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Interview with Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux

Feb 03, 2009, 15:32 (1 Talkback[s])

"Now, the git people were obviously convinced that the whole distributed issue was so technically superior that you really needed to understand it, and that there was no way to make git centralized to match the expectations of people. So for git, it really had to be about trying to teach people, even if to some degree it's much harder to change peoples' expectations to match the software than it usually is to change the software to suit people.

"Did it work? It seems to have. The whole thing about distributed SCMs and how it quite fundamentally changes how you have to think about some issues does seem to be calming down. People are getting used to git, and we're seeing less noise about how it's such a difficult learning model with a steep learning curve. But it literally took time. Lots of time. And it's still ongoing.

"And that example is from something pretty technical, where there really were some pretty damn strong arguments for it. When it comes to people getting used to a much fuzzier "whole desktop experience" with all that implies, it takes even longer."

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