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Born: 1969-12-28
Profession: Businessman
Nation: Finnish
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I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places.

Tags: Good, Leave, Pretty

I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product.

Tags: Fact, Good, Successful

I very seldom worry about other systems. I concentrate pretty fully on just making Linux the best I can.

Tags: Best, Pretty, Worry

I've been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they've been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.

Tags: Happy, Keep, University

I've been very happy with the commercial Linux CD-ROM vendors linux Red Hat.

Tags: Happy, Hat, Red

I've never regretted not making Linux shareware: I really don't like the pay for use binary shareware programs.

Tags: Linux, Making, Pay

Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense.

Tags: Definitely, Linux, Sense

My name is Linus, and I am your God.

Tags: God, Name

Non-technical questions sometimes don't have an answer at all.

Tags: Answer, Questions, Sometimes

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial software with the worst of free software.

Tags: Computers, Free, Worst

The thing with Linux is that the developers themselves are actually customers too: that has always been an important part of Linux.

Tags: Actually, Linux, Themselves

Before the commercial ventures, Linux tended to be rather hard to set up, because most of the developers were motivated mainly by their own interests.

Tags: Hard, Interests, Rather

People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that's how some software projects are born.

Tags: Enjoy, Feeling, Group

The cyberspace earnings I get from Linux come in the format of having a Network of people that know me and trust me, and that I can depend on in return.

Tags: Depend, Return, Trust

Helsinki may not be as cold as you make it out to be, but California is still a lot nicer. I don't remember the last time I couldn't walk around in shorts all day.

Tags: May, Remember, Time

I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more.

Tags: Judging, Tell, Wrong

I used to be interested in Windows NT, but the more I see it, the more it looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything technically interesting there.

Tags: Interested, Looks, Used

The fame and reputation part came later, and never was much of a motivator, although it did enable me to work without feeling guilty about neglecting my studies.

Tags: Feeling, Guilty, Work

What commercialism has brought into Linux has been the incentive to make a good distribution that is easy to use and that has all the packaging issues worked out.

Tags: Easy, Good, Worked

When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a life-saver.

Tags: Enough, Free, Seen

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.

Tags: Free, Sex, Software

If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.

Tags: Linux, Means, Won

There are lots of Linux users who don't care how the kernel works, but only want to use it. That is a tribute to how good Linux is.

Tags: Care, Good, Works

Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.

Tags: Done, Getting, Work

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.

Tags: Fun, Good, Public

In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money than it is at making good operating systems.

Tags: Good, Money, Opinion
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Any program is only as good as it is useful.

Tags: Good, Program, Useful

Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.

Tags: Evil, Systems, Technology

See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.

Tags: Create, Good, System

I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works.

Tags: Generally, Pragmatic, Works

The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it.

Tags: Laugh, Technology, Yourself

When you say 'I wrote a program that crashed Windows,' people just stare at you blankly and say 'Hey, I got those with the system, for free.'

Tags: Free, System, Windows

You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior.

Tags: Behavior, Sued, Won

A consumer doesn't take anything away: he doesn't actually consume anything. Giving the same thing to a thousand consumers is not really any more expensive than giving it to just one.

Tags: Actually, Away, Giving

Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it.

Tags: Keep, Money, Rather

I try to avoid long-range plans and visions - that way I can more easily deal with anything new that comes up.

Tags: Avoid, Deal, Try

Making Linux GPL'd was definitely the best thing I ever did.

Tags: Best, Definitely, Making

The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children.

Tags: Children, Small, Used

That's what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It's a positive feedback cycle.

Tags: Good, Positive, Put

In many cases, the user interface to a program is the most important part for a commercial company: whether the programs works correctly or not seems to be secondary.

Tags: Company, Seems, Whether

Programmers are in the enviable position of not only getting to do what they want to, but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it. There are other professions like that, but not that many.

Tags: End, Getting, Result

I don't try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don't really see MS as competition. Especially not Windows-the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different.

Tags: Goals, Simply, Try

Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge.

Tags: Here, Risks, Taking

Helsinki isn't all that bad. It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime.

Tags: Bad, Cold, Nice

I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly.

Tags: Indirectly, Linux, Paid