What you tell about yourself

Not talking about yourself.

Last year at Debconf Linus Torvalds held a Q&A session and on you can get a really good insight on who is he and what he does from it, I’m posting some excerpts I like about the culture of project correctness at 14:37

I agree that some people might be put off by that… but on the other hand, I know what… in the end I don’t care. I care about technology and I’ve actually seen projects that took the whole correctness so far that the project no longer it’s about the technology.

and about respect at 18:00

I don’t respect people unless they deserve the respect, there are people who think that respect is something that should be given and I happen to be one of the people who are perfectly happy saying no, respect should be earned and without being earned you don’t get it. It’s really that simple and I, and not everyone agrees and that’s fine too… there are people I refuse to work with, it cuts both ways and I realize that.


What you think is most wrong with the world?

Most wrong with the world… you know I’m … yeah,  I’m famous for being a negative nelly and just shouting at people and being an ass in public and using 20 percent curse words in any random mail, the fact is most the time, I’m actually very happy, it’s just that when I’m happy I am quiet right, so I’m not really all that down on things It’s just that when you see me in public it’s usually something went wrong, right?

The world is actually mostly good, I mean, Linux it’s doing great and I am really have no real complain, but then I get up on the wrong side of the bed and I want to bite somebody’s head off and somebody sends me a patch that break and I got really upset.

Actually, yeah, I mean part of it is that actually I enjoy arguments; I’m like people still quote the argument I had with Andrew Tanenbaum 23 years ago, because I was this young stupid university student and what do I do? I start arguing with the professor who made the operating system that I was using, right?

So I’m argumentative, I get negative but I’m on the whole, I mean things are so good […]

And even I am famous for my media rant […] I like to say that maybe was helpful it certainly raise the profile of the problem… maybe sometimes cursing is good.

You can get the full talk from the archive [1] on high and low bitrate also you can check almost all last year talks thanks to the wonderful video team that works every Debconf [2] I wish I could have done this transcription before and would be even better if where the full talk, and sooner, but there have been things in between. Also as I have done the transcript by hear there are probably mistakes, and in parts some editing…

[1] http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/webm/QA_with_Linus_Torvalds.webm
[2] http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/

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