"Most years, Linus Torvalds comes to Australia. He
apparently likes the place, so the creator of the Linux kernel
makes his way to the Australian national Linux conference in
"He's been doing this since 2003, when the affable Leon Brooks
organised the LCA in Perth, only missing out in 2010 when the event
moved across the Tasman to Wellington.
"Torvalds is an excellent subject for an interview; he never
evades a question, not even if he has a single word to offer as
reply. And despite claiming to have a big ego, he is indeed very
"He couldn't sit down for an interview as he was leaving the
conference the morning after I approached him; hence this was done
"iTWire: It's been nearly 20 years now since that now-famous
message posted to comp.os.minix announced the arrival of something
that has grown beyond anyone's imagination. Have there been any
occasions when you've thought of walking away from it?
"Linus Torvalds: Walking away? No. There have certainly been
times of frustration, and times when I've really wanted to take a
break, but quite frankly, even then it's been "I need to get away
from this for a few hours (or days) to relax and do something else"
rather than anything more than that."