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25 Years Later: Interview with Linus Torvalds | Linux Journal

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Enjoyable article with the Linus, the creator of Linux. His comment on the difficulty of building a kernel was interesting to me.

I’ve also come to realize that making a new operating system is just way harder than I ever thought. It really takes a lot of effort by a lot of people, and the strength of Linux—and open source in general, of course—is very much that you can build on top of the effort of all those other people.

So unless there is some absolutely enormous shift in the computing landscape, I think Linux will be doing quite well another quarter century from now. Not because of any particular detail of the code itself, but simply fundamentally, because of the development model and the problem space.

It’s very possible that the kernel space gets solved” with Linux, and that for the foreseeable future that is what runs that layer of computing. The innovation is always moving further up the technology stack. I also noted that he, like many that have thought hard about it, is not a fan of social media.

I absolutely detest modern social media”—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior.

[…] The whole liking” and sharing” model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, it’s all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage.

Agree. 💯

Posted on April 11, 2019

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