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SJ Mercury: He wrote the book on Linux revolution and added chapters on motivating legions

Feb 27, 2000, 03:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

"LINUS Torvalds would make a lousy dictator, and it's hard to imagine him as a corporate chief executive."

"I was curious about what it took to guide a movement that started off as anything but a crusade. Torvalds' answers were illuminating..."

"Leadership in the Linux universe is ``getting people to trust you enough that they take your advice,'' says Torvalds..."

"``Good leadership is always a matter of making people want to do things because of their own reasons rather than due to any external pressure,'' he says."

"Keep the word ``trust'' in your mind. It imbues everything about the Linux process as it has developed over the past decade. And in an era where technology is having such a massive impact on everything, it speaks to the way leadership itself must evolve."

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