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All Quotes by author - Linus Torvalds
" 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. "
" An individual developer like me cares about writing the new code and making it as interesting and efficient as possible. But very few people want to do the testing. "
" Any program is only as good as it is useful. "
" Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it. "
" 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. "
" By staying neutral, I end up being somebody that everybody can trust. Even if they don't always agree with my decisions, they know I'm not working against them. "
" Every once in a while an issue comes up where I have to make a statement. I can't totally avoid all political issues, but I try my best to minimize them. When I do make a statement, I try to be fairly neutral. "
" Fairly cheap home computing was what changed my life. "
" Finnish companies tend to be very traditional, not taking many risks. Silicon Valley is completely different: people here really live on the edge. "
" Helsinki isn't all that bad. It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime. "
" 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. "
" Hey, I'm a good software engineer, but I'm not exactly known for my fashion sense. White socks and sandals don't translate to 'good design sense'. "
" I actually think that I'm a rather optimistic and happy person; it's just that I'm not a very positive person, if you see the difference. "
" I'd much rather have 15 people arguing about something than 15 people splitting into two camps, each side convinced it's right and not talking to the other. "
" I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly. "
" I don't actually go to that many conferences. I do that a couple of times a year. Normally, I am not recognized; people don't throw their panties at me. I'm a perfectly normal person sitting in my den just doing my job. "
" I don't expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places. "
" I don't have any authority over Linux other than this notion that I know what I'm doing. "
" I don't see myself as a visionary at all. "
" I don't think I'm unusual in preferring my laptop to be thin and light. "
" 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. "
" If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won. "
" If you start doing things because you hate others and want to screw them over, the end result is bad. "
" I get the biggest enjoyment from the random and unexpected places. Linux on cellphones or refrigerators, just because it's so not what I envisioned it. Or on supercomputers. "
" I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product. "
" I lose sleep if I end up feeling bad about something I've said. Usually that happens when I send something out without having read it over a few times, or when I call somebody names. "
" I'm a technical manager, but I don't have to take care of people. I only have to worry about technology itself. "
" I'm generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works. "
" I'm interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn't started as any kind of rebellion against the 'evil Microsoft empire.' "
" I'm perfectly happy complaining, because it's cathartic, and I'm perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastime - not programming. "
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