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Helsingin Sanomat: Finnish software innovator Torvalds more interested in philosophy than business

Aug 24, 2001, 08:54 (1 Talkback[s])
"Silicon Valley is going through such a bad hangover after the fall in stock prices, that the only thing that people are looking at is the bottom of their toilet bowls", says Linus Torvalds, developer of the Linux computer operating system. Torvalds was speaking in Helsinki on Wednesday at a seminar on the information society.

Although he was supposed to give his assessment of what technological developments looked like as seen from California's Silicon Valley, Torvalds focused instead on more abstract, at times philosophical questions.

"Man himself is considerably more developed than all of the tools that can be called technology", Torvalds pondered.

Although he seems to be more interested in improving the lot of mankind than in business, many in his audience would have wanted to hear Torvalds' views on more earthly matters - particularly on the condition of Transmeta, the microprocessor manufacturer that Torvalds works for.

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