"If Linus Torvalds is the Thomas Edison of Linux, the
inventor, then Larry Augustin wants to be its Henry Ford, the great
mass-market builder. Augustin is the founder and president of
VA Linux Systems (formerly VA Research), the Mountain View, CA
company that is a leader in the nascent Linux-based hardware
"Augustin -- one of the great gossips of the Linux world --
recently took time out from a driving schedule to sit down for
dinner with Linux Magazine contributor Lee Gomes. The conversation
covered a wide terrain: the work habits of Linus Torvalds, how VA
will survive in a world where everyone does Linux, the religious
debates in the Linux community, and the characteristics of a
certain company named Microsoft."
"LM: Is Linux as good as you like to say it is?
LA: I think Linux isn't as far along as people say it is. Linux
has got a lot of benefits, but one of my big concerns is that with
all the hype, people will think Linux is going to solve all their
problems. And when they go and try it, they'll find it doesn't get
the job done."
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