Q&A: Linus Torvalds, inventor of Linux

Posted by Void_Main on Oct 13, 2004 10:58 PM EDT
The Seattle Times; By Brier Dudley
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Linus Torvalds started a revolution of sorts in the computer industry when he created the Linux operating system and decided to share it with fellow programmers on the Internet. He discussed via e-mail his move to Portland, the state of Linux and Microsoft.

Q. Why did you choose to live in Portland, and what's your impression so far of the Northwest? One person told me you moved there because it looks like Finland. Is that true?

A. Well, the Northwest is certainly more like Finland in the sense that California is not like Finland.

But, no, I don't think that was the reason. Although part of it was definitely that we thought that Portland was more "livable," being smaller and less busy than Silicon Valley. Whether that is because I grew up in Finland, I don't know.

And being from Finland, the horror tales of constant rain didn't scare me as much as they do the native Californians.

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