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JoongAng Ilbo: Torvalds, in Korea, Spreads Linux Gospel

Dec 13, 2002, 19:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kim Hyo-jin)

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"Linus Torvalds, 33, creator of the Linux operating system and self-proclaimed 'poster boy' of the open source movement, received a warm welcome from a Korean audience yesterday during his first visit here. About 500 people filled the grand ballroom of Shilla Hotel, Seoul, some of them programmers and obvious Torvalds fans, to see their hero in person.

"'Software has become a commodity, not a specialized item based on just a small number of companies making profits,' Mr. Torvalds said in a speech on the future of Linux, whose source code is open to the public.

"'I have enjoyed messing with Linux from version 1,' one person in the audience said during the question and answer session, 'and I have admired your sense and spirit since then...'"

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