Linus Torvalds, principal author of the open-sourced Linux operating system has strong opinions about computer hardware and is and will always be an authoritative figure within the tech community. What some don’t realize is that Torvalds doesn’t exactly play favorites to specific pieces of hardware. During a recent interview with Tech Crunch, Torvalds openly expressed his disdain for heavy, noisy computers. Which is why (much to my surprise) the man rocks a MacBook Air. Aside from bulky hardware, Torvalds doesn’t care too much for rotating disk hard drives. Never mind the high cost of Solid State Drives, Torvalds most likely has access to the best pieces of hardware money can by. Can you blame him? I mean he is, after-all, the principal author of the Linux operating system. A recent posting this past week on Torvalds personal google + account affirmed his passion for all things tech related. Apparently the folks at Engadget really ticked him off. Here is a quote from Torvalds regarding OEMs “race-to-the bottom” mentality:
The whole “race to the bottom” concept is odd to me: people complaining about how technology gets less outrageously expensive, and more available to everybody, and more commoditized. Like that would be a bad thing? So the whole argument is fundamentally flawed to begin with – any time I see some pundit or CEO complaining about how the competition is making things cheaper, I go ‘Uhhuh, crybaby’.
Indeed, no OEM manufacturer is going to receive any sympathy from the man who invented an open sourced operating system. Upon further research, Interviews reveal a man whose technological spirit is anything but anti-social. In fact Torvalds refers to himself as a “Technical Lead” more than a programmer or support person. These days he spends most of his time working from home and or, merging code someone else wrote, to run on Linux based operating systems. When it comes to voicing concerns over recent Linux Distributions he couldn’t be more active. His philosophy revolves around the idea that people shouldn’t fear upgrading their distributions. If something used to work a certain way then it should stay working that way no matter what. Which is precisely why Microsoft fans hate upgrading to the latest windows – nothing seems to work the way it used to following an upgrade.
As for the system he helped build; It’s probably not possible for Torvalds to merge and test every platform that comes his way. Indeed the very point of this mans vision is trust. Every developer that touches the coded system should do so with the mentality that they can deliver a better user experience. Without trust, the whole Linux community if trust wouldn’t exist, and they have at least one person to thank for that: Linus Torvalds.
By James Mulvey is a tech writer and blog editor at Colocation America. He covers a wide variety of topics within the data center industry, from tech trends to industry news.