Talk:Linus Torvalds

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Linus Torvalds page.

Marcod'Itri, why did you remove the Attributed quote about lawyers? Do you know for a fact that he did not say this, or that someone else said it? Nanobug 21:14, 9 Sep 2003 (UTC)

I did extensive google and google groups search and not only I could not find an attribution, but I could not find the quote either, so I'm not sure that the words you reported are correct. Given that this quote is supposed to have been said less than one month ago, I believe that it should not be readded unless it can be verified. Marcod'Itri 11:52, 11 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Fair enough. But just for clarification, I didn't add it. It was on August 31. Nanobug 20:05, 11 Sep 2003 (UTC)

I removed the link to Linux in the bottom of the page, as it redirected to this article again (and therefore essentially was a link from one article, to itself). Niffux 08:35, 4 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I love the quote about Linux being so fast that it can do an infinite loop in under 5 seconds. Sorry... don't know where the link to prove it is...

According to the linux journal: [1] "Linux does endless loops in six seconds" and other amazing comments were overheard at the First Dutch International Symposium on Linux.-- 22:44, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Some once-Sourced quotes moved to Unsourced[edit]

As part of my cleanup of the page, I moved several quotes from the "Sourced" section to the "Unsourced" section. Generally, these were quotes with a dead link, but some, such as those linked to KernelTrap, were moved because they don't provide a direct link to the message. Feel free to restore any of these when valid primary source information can be located. —LrdChaos 20:09, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

I just moved two more quotes, added by, from Sourced to Unsourced, even in the fact of a URL. Why? Because the URL doesn't provide enough information for me to consider it a source. I assume that, from the title given in the cite template, that it was a post to the linux-kernel mailing list, but the linked page doesn't provide a To: or any other header to give that information. —LrdChaos 20:47, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

My name is Linus, and I am your god.[edit]

That quote can be added in "sourced", just look at "Just for Fun" (or google print...), Linus says himself he said that.

Linux section?[edit]

Since Linux redirects to Linus Torvalds, should we split the main section into quotes by/about Linus Torvalds, and a Linux section containing quotes (by others) about Linux? Then Linux could redirect to [[Linus Torvalds#Linux]] --DavidBiesack 12:38, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Let's organize it?[edit]

That's a lot of quotes, unh? Wouldn't be great if someone divides them by subject?

If nobody will blame me today, I'll do it. I just want to discuss w/ everybody BEFORE do it. 12:44, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

To Polister[edit]

Sorry, I thought it was vandalism. And yes, I know this site allows those words, but I thought it was vandalism. I apologize. - Arbok 22:38, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Dead links[edit]

. Comment in Linux kernel 1.1.42's kernel/sched.c file. Retrieved on 2009-08-19.


We will hereby start scouring the net for people who say git is hard to 
understand and use, and just kill them. They clearly are just polluting 
the gene pool.


There is some very disturbing news in the world of software developers. Ian the founder of Debian on which Ubuntu is based has been molested by the police. Later on he 'committed' suicide. At several forums other Linux developers tell to be systematically harassed and or molested by the police too. This happens world wide. Strongly urged and adviced developers working on open source like Linux to protect themselves and start to conceal their identity and start working anonymously.

Repeat, many programmers are in an identical situation. These programmers testify to be beaten, molested, intimidated and or nude Interrogation. Many see no other way than to commit suicide like Aaron Swarz and others. At this moment over 70 programmers since 2008 have tragically died after confrontation with usually the police or government.

The last supposed words of Ian. The word Nigger is used, however read carefully. Ian wants to make a difference and thinks his suicide will also improve how Afro Americans are treated.

With formal deepest regrets and being worried, developing open source software can be extremely dangerous for your own security. Take precaution! Contribute anonymously! Do not end up on 'the tragic death' list like the other murdered or suicidal programmers.

Caution; This is real! From the government you cannot win are the last words of Ian.

Human rights are a favour, not certainty. Again must emphasised Linus maintaining the Linux kernel to stop calling programmers who disagree with him and or make errors to commit suicide. Consult Wiki quote for how systematically hard Linus can be. Linus by figure of speech is out of control and acting more and more like Steve Ballmer including death threats. However asking programmers to commit suicide or bully them to death is not a crime but Linus, beg you to stop telling people to commit suicide. You do this all the time and you say you don't care where the code comes from Linus!

Consider this and be warned and take precaution or wonder who will be next. So sorry, so sorry. It's like that and that is the way it is.