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Far Eastern Economic Review: Interview: Linus Torvalds

Feb 17, 2000, 16:18 (1 Talkback[s])
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"On Linux in Asia:"

"One of the things that I think is the most important about Linux is people get to do what they want with it. This is important, especially in Asia. Finally you can have real Asian software companies doing their own work."

"I talked to some engineers from Malaysia and some from Korea. What kind of surprised me was these people were really excited about Linux. They said that they could finally actually control their own destiny and that made them feel much more proud about what they did. I find that to be very encouraging from both a social viewpoint and also obviously from an egotistical viewpoint...."

"On Linux as a tool to spur software development in China:"

"It certainly is a possibility. It's not a done deal and maybe something else comes along. But right now I think Linux is one of the strongest ways for countries like China to get their software industries up and running."

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