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Interview with Linux Torvalds

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LinuxFR : You've been doing Linux for about 20 years now and it's a hard job. Is it still fun ?

Linus Torvalds : Oh, absolutely. It's still fun. And partly exactly because I've been doing it for 20 years, I wouldn't call it "hard". It's still challenging and interesting, but I think I'm good at it.

LinuxFR : Why did you choose to switch the kernel from his original non-GPL copyright to the GPL licence ? Was it an ethical or a practical choice ?

Linus Torvalds : Practical. I think my original license contained the ethical parts I cared about, but it turns out that it was too strict about that whole "no money" thing, and it also wasn't well enough known. Moving to the GPL fixed the problems that people had with my original license, and had the advantage that it was a known entity and also a lot more likely to stand up in court than the short blurb I had written originally.

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