Why Linus Isn't "Competing"
Nov 29, 2007, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)
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"The recent interview with Linus Torvalds cemented a number of
things I've believed about Linux for a while now. Linux isn't an
OS, or even a kernel: it's an embodiment of a design philosophy.
One aspect of that philosophy could be described as ;Ignore the
"Maybe that's a harsh way to put it, but Linus has said himself,
again and again, he's not interested in what the competition
(read:Microsoft) does. He doesn't see himself as trying to beat the
Boys In Redmond at their own game. His stated interest is writing
code--improving the Linux kernel in conjunction with the rest of
the kernel development team and the third-party contributors who
submit patches. Linus's attention, and the attention of everyone
else working immediately with him, is perennially on Topic Number
One: making Linux better..."