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Why Linus Isn't "Competing"

Nov 29, 2007, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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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 competition.'

"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..."

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