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Jan 20, 2000, 16:52 (0 Talkback[s])

"Linus explains why he joined the mobile chipmaker."

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds, who often comes across a bit sheepish anyway, tried even harder to blend with the herd at Wednesday's unveiling of Crusoe. "I'm here, but I'm not supposed to be the main part of this all," he told a crowd of questioners, as he sat shoulder to shoulder onstage with Transmeta executives. If he caught the spotlight, "I'd just get killed really quickly," he said, as his fellow Transmetans laughed along with the audience. But that didn't stop anyone from asking him more questions."

"Torvalds, described by Transmeta executives Wednesday as "key" to Crusoe's software development, explained that he first became attracted to Transmeta more than three years ago, when he flew from Finland to California for a job interview, saw what Transmeta was doing, and "went back to the hotel and thought these people were crazy."

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