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An Interview with Linus Torvalds

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So what's going on with Linux and Linus these days? There are a lot of people who are asking, with yet another delay of Microsoft's Vista. Linux could emerge a victor in this voracious vindication for valor with the votive that there is value in the virtues of running Linux. That being said, you may call him Linus... and this was our interView:

Will: Did you ever expect Linux to get as popular as it did?

Linus: Obviously not. Nobody did.

In fact, I have this theory that _if_ you put your expectations high and set lofty goals, you'll just fail. You'll worry about all the things you need to get done, and you'll be discouraged by how much work there is left to do.

So the way I worked (and still work) is to just worry about "today". No huge expectations, just doing whatever makes sense at the time, and enjoy doing it.

Will: Having used myself many different distros of Linux including SuSE, Red Hat, Mandriva, etc... Do you have a personal favorite mainstream distro?

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