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Linux Journal: Studly Work: Talking Transmeta with Linus Torvalds

Jan 23, 2000, 16:17 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Wednesday, January 19, 2000 was a long day for Linus. It was Rollout Day for Transmeta: the day the company spilled the beans about what it had been doing for last four and a half years. During that time Transmeta kept a Masonic secrecy about its work. By being the one thing Linus and his co-workers couldn't talk about, Transmeta became the one thing everybody had to talk about. This made for great buzz; but it was pretty weird that a movement built on conversation was led by a guy who had to keep silent about his work."

"Until yesterday. That's when the weirdness finally stopped...."

"When I finally got to sit down with Linus in a room upstairs, I expected him to be at a point of maximum stress, final relief, or both. But he just seemed happy to have the thing over with (mine was his last obligation for the day). So it was a relaxed and upbeat conversation."

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