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NewsForge: 2.4 kernel: Always on the go with contributor Werner Almesberger

Feb 26, 2001, 20:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

"Swiss born Austrian, Werner Almesberger first tried Linux in January of 1992. Linus Torvalds had just released version 0.12. Almesberger had liked it before but he "didn't want to buy Minix to run it." Gradually, Linux took center stage. Now Almesberger jokes that I've come to him because the "patch a day" principle he's adopted "seems to be good for drawing attention." (That pace only lasted for about two weeks.)"

"Awarded his Ph.D. in communications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) in November 1999, his name is more descriptive of him when preceded by the title of "Dr." Sure, a doctorate is not such an anomaly among prestigious programmers, but when he mentions the clubbing till the break of dawn "or longer" that he likes to do, contrast makes things more interesting. Both activities are intense, but the dancing till dawn gives a classic vocation a private edge which is amplified when you enter his homepage this way. He also likes to drive fast, ski downhill and bring work home with him, at least the part that has to do with Linux...."

"One of the nicer things I did was combine my impressions from Pascal and a bit of C into my own programming language design, and to build a compiler for it. My compiler generated even faster code than Turbo Pascal, which was pretty much the state of the art back then ('86 or '87). Obviously, I didn't really understand C the way I do today, or I would have realized that it's already almost perfect. ;-)"

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