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New Linus Interview, LinuxQuestions.org, and Floundering Ubuntu

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Linus Torvalds, father of Linux and hero to the masses, says find something you love so you'll stick with it. In a new interview with the IEEE Computer Society Torvalds speaks of Linux, Open Source, and developing them. In other news today, LinuxQuestions.org turns fourteen and Petros Koutoupis says Canonical is "a company in dire need of a clear objective."

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