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[News] New Linux Torvalds Interview Touches the FUD Question

  • Subject: [News] New Linux Torvalds Interview Touches the FUD Question
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:42:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Torvalds On Where Linux Is Headed In 2008

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| InformationWeek: Do you think there is any way Microsoft, patent holders, or 
| lawyers can take direct aim at the kernel development process and impede it? 
| Torvalds: I really don't know. I don't think they can impede the technology, 
| and I really don't think there is anything real behind that whole 
| intellectual property FUD machine. But nearly infinite amounts of money 
| certainly goes a long way.   
| I'm again the wrong person to ask. I work on the technology, and I make sure 
| we do that as well as we can (which does include the ways we do it, including 
| things like doing all the copyright certification we do), but I think that 
| when it comes to these issues, you're really talking about marketing and FUD, 
| not so much anything I'm able to really answer.     



Linus Torvalds on Open Source: 'A Much Better Way to Do Things'

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| Linux really wouldn't have gone anywhere interesting at all if it hadn't been 
| released as an open source product. I also think that the change to the GPLv2 
| from my original "no money" license was important, because the commercial 
| interests were actually very important from the beginning. The commercial 
| distributions were what drove a lot of the nice installers and pushed people 
| to improve usability. You need a balance between pure technology and the 
| kinds of pressures you get from users through the market.      


The Grill: Linus Torvalds in the Hot Seat

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| The Finnish creator of Linux says open-source software isn't really an 
| anti-Microsoft movement; it's just a better model for getting the job done. 
| [...]
| Microsoft and Novell last year announced a partnership for the 
| interoperability of Windows and SUSE Linux. Some analysts are saying this 
| kind of agreement is positive for consumers and can help popularize Linux. Do 
| you agree? [Linus:] I don’t know. I don’t actually think the Novell-Microsoft 
| agreement matters all that much in the end, but I think it would be healthier 
| for everybody if there wasn’t the kind of rabid hatred on both sides. I’d 
| rather just worry about the technology. The market will take care of itself.      


Interview with Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum

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| Andrew S Tanenbaum: A couple of years ago this guy called Ken Brown
| wrote a book saying that Linus stole Linux from me, from Minix,
| and therefore the intellectual property rights are unclear and
| therefore companies shouldn't use Linux because I might sue them.
| It later came out that Microsoft had paid him to do this --
| and I defended Linus. I wrote on my Web site saying that this
| guy Brown came through, visited me and I gave him the
| [correct] story.


Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux

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| LT: We really don't expect to need to go to a 3.0.x version at all: we've 
| been very good at introducing even pretty big new features without impacting 
| the code-base in a disruptive manner, and without breaking any old 
| functionality.   
| That, together with the aforementioned lack of a marketing department that 
| says "You have to increase the version number to show how good you are!" just 
| means that we tend to just improve everything we can, but you're not likely 
| to see a big "Get the new-and-improved version 3!" campaign.    


Torvalds attacks Microsoft over open source

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| Microsoft is spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt among open source users, 
| Linus Torvalds said in an interview published last week. 
| [...]
| Microsoft could offer no response to Torvalds' comments at the time of 
| writing. 


Torvalds on Linux, MS, software's future

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| CW: Didn't you fear you would lose intellectual property when you released 
| Linux? 
| Torvalds: I didn't think in those terms (and still don't). It was never about 
| intellectual property, it was about all the effort I had put in, and it was 
| about the project being something personal. But yes, I was a bit worried that 
| as a totally unknown developer in Finland, somebody would decide to just 
| ignore my license, and just use my code and not give back his changes. So it 
| worried me a bit. On the other hand, what did I really have to lose?     


Interview with Linus Torvalds

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| We can’t start without a question: does Linux infinge Microsoft patents?
|     As far as we know, the answer is a resounding “no”, and it’s all
|     just MS trying to counter-act the fact that they have problems
|     competing with Linux on a technical side by trying to spread FUD.
| [....]
| What do you think about Novell and Microsoft’s agreement? Which future 
| developments will produce? And what about Red Hat’s events? 
|     I really don’t care. You’re asking all these marketing and
|     company questions, and the thing is, I’m not at all into it. I’m
|     totally uninterested. What I’m into is the technology, and working
|     together with people.


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