De jongens en meisjes van ZDNet hadden de eer om via email een soort van interview te mogen doen met Linus Torvalds, over - hoe kan het ook anders - de release van kernel 2.4, die eindelijk heeft plaatsgevonden. Linus was scherp, heel scherp in z'n antwoorden, getuige de volgende quotes:
Q: With 2.4, is Linux an even more viable contender to Unix and Windows 2000? What does Linux 2.4 have that these operating systems don't, in your opinion?
Torvalds: With questions like that, how are you ever going to write an interesting article? 'Is Linux an even more viable contender ... ?' What do you expect me to say? Give you the standard boring press-release about how we're changing the world, how we've innovated more things than those ancient Chinese dynasties with their gunpowder thing, and how everybody and their pets are going to live happily ever after thanks to the new release?
[...] Things like that are what matters to me personally: making sure that Linux continues to improve as a strong base to build on for others. There's a lot of other details, of course, like improved drivers etc, but the infrastructure stuff is what I personally care about.
[...] Q: Are you sick to death of being the keeper of the Linux kernel flame? Any thoughts of passing the Linux kernel torch to Alan Cox (Torvalds' right-hand man who maintains and helps develop the Linux kernel) or others for a while?
Torvalds: This comes up every once in a while. Usually because somebody thinks my self-ironic postings are a sign of me being mentally depressed and constantly thinking about jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, or something. Yes, it happened with the 2.4.0 release too (it's kind of amusing seeing the posts on Slashdot (The Linux enthusiast Web site Slashdot.org) that worry about my release posting being "a bit down"--getting a release out is anything but depressing.
[...] Q: What are you going to do for an encore--first, to celebrate, and second, to move Linux ahead even further?
Torvalds: We'll probably have a delayed house-warming-party (yeah, it's just eight months since we moved--kernel releases aren't the only thing that are delayed at the Torvalds residence with a beer- and pool-party. The 'hit the white ball with a stick' kind, not the 'swim' kind.
Juist ja, bier drinken en biljarten.... Linus is tenslotte ook maar een mens, nietwaar? Voor wie na deze quotes nog wat verder wil lachen kan dat alhier doen! Hetzelfde verhaal is trouwens ook op CNet te vinden, dus wil je 't daar ook checken klik dan hier.