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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Linus Torvalds and open source software

Linus Torvalds (1969 - now) is a Swedish programmer best known for creating the Linux operating system. The rest of this post is some quotes from Torvalds.


1. "I changed the Linux copyright license to be the GPL some time in the first half of 1992. Mostly because I had hated the lack of a cheaply and easily available UNIX when I had looked for one a year before." (


2. "I often compare open source to science. To where science took this whole notion of developing ideas in the open and improving on other peoples' ideas and making it into what science is today and the incredible advances that we have had." (Interview with Kristie Lu Stout, Reclusive Linux Founder Opens Up,, 2006)


3. "The big thing about distributed source control is that it makes one of the main issues with SCM's go away - the politics around, 'who can make changes'." (


4. "I'm a huge believer in evolution... in the sense, 'the processes of evolution are really fundamental and should probably be at least thought about in pretty much any context." (linux-kernel mailing list, 2006)