We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Linux Quotes from Linus Torvalds, Jamie Zawinski, Larry Ellison, Bill Hayden, Mikko Hypponen. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
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.
I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It’s a great hacker’s tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more.
I’ve been very happy with the commercial Linux CD-ROM vendors linux Red Hat.
See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.
We’ve announced an Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, a bunch of low-cost commodity servers running Linux, integrated in our case, with InfiniBand – connected with InfiniBand vs. the traditional Ethernet.
Cosmoe works on any of the standard filesystems available for Linux.
I very seldom worry about other systems. I concentrate pretty fully on just making Linux the best I can.
It’s been a bit sad to see that out of Linux distributions, it was Android – the most successful mobile Linux distribution – that has really introduced the malware problem to the Linux world.
Android is very different from the GNU/Linux operating system because it contains very little of GNU. Indeed, just about the only component in common between Android and GNU/Linux is Linux, the kernel.
I personally think of Linux development as being pretty non-localized, and I work with all the people entirely over e-mail – even if they happen to be working in the Portland area.
Linux is its own worst enemy: it’s splintered, it has different distributions, it’s too complex to run for most people.
Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense.
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.
That’s what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It’s a positive feedback cycle.
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.
I’ve been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they’ve been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux.
The thing with Linux is that the developers themselves are actually customers too: that has always been an important part of Linux.
If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.
Linux has never been about quality. There are so many parts of the system that are just these cheap little hacks, and it happens to run.
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.
Linux is a complex example of the wisdom of crowds. It’s a good example in the sense that it shows you can set people to work in a decentralized way – that is, without anyone really directing their efforts in a particular direction – and still trust that they’re going to come up with good answers.
The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well.
What I find most interesting is how people really have taken Linux and used it in ways and attributes and motivations that I never felt.
Making Linux GPL’d was definitely the best thing I ever did.
For personal use, I recommend the free and open-source Truecrypt, which comes in flavors for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Microsoft loves Linux.
We all love Linux, but it’s also a fact that some people might not be able to migrate.
I think that by October the whole company has to migrate to OpenOffice, and then I think it’s by June next year we all migrate to Linux – you don’t want to migrate 6,000 people both operating system and office suite in a single jump.
Android’s user-space is so different from stock Linux, you can easily say that Android is not in any way a Linux system, except for the kernel.
Of course, all of the software I write runs on Linux; that’s the beauty of standards, and of cross-platform code. I don’t have to run your OS, and you don’t have to run mine, and we can use the same applications anyway!
In many ways, I am very happy about the whole Linux commercial market because the commercial market is doing all these things that I have absolutely zero interest in doing myself.
I’ve felt strongly that the advantage of Linux is that it doesn’t have a niche or any special market, but that different individuals and companies end up pushing it in the direction they want, and as such you end up with something that is pretty balanced across the board.
There are a lot of people who’ve been able to ditch their Windows machines and switch over to Linux because they can now use their Exchange server for calendaring and collaboration from their Linux desktop.
I’m interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn’t started as any kind of rebellion against the ‘evil Microsoft empire.’