Talking to Torvalds

Linux hasn’t made huge inroads on the desktop–is that
a worry?

“Well the desktop is not really a huge market for Linux. It’s
hard to get hardware manufacturers to support it. They won’t even
tell us, for example, how their new graphics chips will work, so
it’s difficult to write code for them.

“The desktop is special, there’s a huge inertia for people
because it’s the only place we are really aware that we are using
software. In things like iPods the software is almost
invisible–it’s updated behind the scenes, it only has a limited