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Techweb over Linus Comdex presentatie

Tevens bij Techweb een nieuwsartikel over de presentatie die Linus dinsdag op de Comdex gaf:

Almost like a pop star, Linus Torvalds, the 29-year-old Finnish programmer who created and watches over the Linux kernel, captivated an audience of several thousand Linux fans Monday at Comdex.

Soft-spoken Torvalds mixed humor and humility to promote open source code development while taking a few subtle jabs at the competition.

"I would find it interesting if Microsoft opened Windows source code," Torvalds said, responding to an audience question. "There would be a lot of positive things, but I don't that is going to happen in the near future."

[...] Unlike some other keynote speakers, Torvalds was low-key and low-tech. He didn't use flashy demonstrations. He previewed no marketing videos. He was not joined on stage by uniform-clad team members. Instead, a beach ball bounced around before the opening and he was greeted with a standing ovation and interrupted with several rounds of applause and cheers. One attendee prefaced a question by calling Torvalds his "hero."

Linux aficionados have been described as free thinkers with friendly penguins, the smiling mascot of the OS.

[...] "Over time, as open source has been commercialized, open source still flourished, because it is also about bring the users and programmers closer together," Torvalds said.

Open source gives programmers the advantage of generating better programs because of competition, he said.

"Everyone always hears that competition is good and that is why you have antitrust lawsuits," he said, drawing laughter and cheers. "Development thrives on competition."

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