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[News] Linus Torvalds Advocates a Lot of Diversity and Choice in GNU and Linux

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FOSS Debates, Part 3: Mission Control

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| "I don't think there is one," Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, 
| told LinuxInsider. 
| "In fact, the reason I like open source is that I find it exciting to see how 
| _different_ the things people want to do are, and how that constant pulling 
| in different directions actually ends up taking people somewhere -- and how 
| the end result is not necessarily what any of the participants really were 
| aiming for from the beginning, but actually likely _better_ for it," Torvalds 
| explained.     
| "Linux itself is an example of that," he added. "When I started out, I had no 
| big goals, anything like the current kernel. Almost all of the motivation and 
| impetus for everything fancy that we do today came from outside, from people 
| who had different needs and views of how things needed to work than I do."   
| Torvalds compares open source "to a more organic development model," he 
| said. "To me, it's a lot like 'life' -- after all, what's the overriding 
| purpose of life? I dunno, and I really don't think such a thing should matter 
| or even necessarily exists. We live and do our best, and pass on our genes 
| and knowledge, and change our environment -- hopefully for the better."    
| Same thing with open source, Torvalds said: "The point about being open 
| source is that you _can_ do exactly that -- 'change the environment' 
| and 'pass on your genes.'"   


25 Mythical and Humorous Facts About Linus Torvalds

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| Many people consider Linus Torvalds as the world's greatest computer 
| programmer/hacker. That's why it's no surprise that most of his loyal fans 
| have praised him and have told stories about his amazing accomplishments.  



Torvalds rejects one-size-fits-all Linux

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| Linus Torvalds has rejected the argument that Linux developers should pool
| their resources behind a single distribution.

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