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Cisco.com: The Charlie Rose Interview: Linus Torvalds

Nov 04, 2001, 00:19 (30 Talkback[s])
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Torvalds: There's this myth that I did it because I wanted to be the Mahatma Gandhi of whatever. The 1990s.

Rose: I'm here for mankind.

Torvalds: Yes. And that is so untrue. The only reason that I made Linux available on the Internet was really that it made so much sense. It took me some time to realize what it really meant.

At first it was just that I know all these people. I know they're interested in operating systems. I'd been discussing it with them. So, I knew, like, five or ten people who I was sure would be interested in looking at what I did. Maybe they wouldn't ever use it. So, I just made it available because it made sense at the time."

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