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In 1969, a small baby boy was born in Helsinki, Finland. This baby boy would later become known as the creator of Linux, the world’s most popular operating system. Though he had no formal training in computer science, Linus Torvalds’ brilliance and determination led him to develop one of the most influential pieces of software in history. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Torvalds’ life and his remarkable achievements.

Here are the strongest Happiness, Systems, Money, Technical, Linux, Program, Software quotes from Linus Torvalds, and much more.


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About Linus Torvalds

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28 December 1969

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Alma Mater:
University Of Helsinki

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Software Engineer

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Known For:
Linux, Git, Subsurface


I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It’s the right way to do things. โ€” Linus Torvalds

People will realize that software is not a product; you use it to build a product. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I think that freely available software can not only keep up with the evolution of commercial software, but often exceed what you can do commercially. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I obviously think that freely available software can not only keep up with the evolution of commercial software, but often exceed what you can do commercially. โ€” Linus Torvalds

people will realize that software is not a product you use it to build a product Linus Torvalds quote

Software is like sex: It’s better when it’s free. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial software with the worst of free software. โ€” Linus Torvalds


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People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that’s how some software projects are born. โ€” Linus Torvalds

With software, you really can replicate and do a lot of very real and active development in parallel, and actually try it out and see what works. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Hey, I’m a good software engineer, but I’m not exactly known for my fashion sense. White socks and sandals don’t translate to ‘good design sense’. โ€” Linus Torvalds

software is like sex it s better when it s free Linus Torvalds quote

Talk is cheap. Show me the code. โ€” Linus Torvalds


Portability is for people who cannot write new programs. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program. โ€” Linus Torvalds

If you want an application to be portable, you don’t necessarily create an abstraction layer like a microkernel so much as you program intelligently. โ€” Linus Torvalds

An infinite number of monkeys typing into GNU emacs would never make a good program. โ€” Linus Torvalds

portability is for people who cannot write new programs Linus Torvalds quote

I think Leopard is a much better system [than Windows Vista] but OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary. โ€” Linus Torvalds

In many cases the user interface to a program is the most important part for a commercial company: whether the programs works correctly or not seems to be secondary. โ€” Linus Torvalds

When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a lifeโ€“saver. โ€” Linus Torvalds

It was such a relief to program in user mode for a change. Not having to care about the small stuff is wonderful. โ€” Linus Torvalds


The thing with Linux is that the developers themselves are actually customers too: that has always been an important part of Linux. โ€” Linus Torvalds

linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense Linus Torvalds quote

Linux has definitely made a lot of sense even in a purely materialistic sense. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I don’t think commercialization is the answer to anything. It’s just one more facet of Linux, and not the deciding one by any means. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I do get my pizzas paid for by Linux indirectly. โ€” Linus Torvalds

We all know Linux is great…it does infinite loops in 5 seconds. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I’m interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn’t started as any kind of rebellion against the ‘evil Microsoft empire.’ โ€” Linus Torvalds

i do get my pizzas paid for by linux indirectly Linus Torvalds quote

Me trying to make a business around Linux would have been a total disaster. โ€” Linus Torvalds

If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Part of doing Linux was that I had to communicate a lot more instead of just being a geek in front of a computer. โ€” Linus Torvalds

The cyberspace ‘earnings’ I get from Linux come in the format of having a Network of people that know me and trust me, and that I can depend on in return. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Before the commercial ventures, Linux tended to be rather hard to set up, because most of the developers were motivated mainly by their own interests. โ€” Linus Torvalds

we all know linux is great it does infinite loops in 5 seconds Linus Torvalds quote

Ok, I admit it. I was just a frontโ€“man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I don’t try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don’t really see MS as competition. Especially not Windowsโ€“the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I don’t have any authority over Linux other than this notion that I know what I’m doing. โ€” Linus Torvalds

The Linux philosophy is ‘laugh in the face of danger’. Oops. Wrong one. ‘Do it yourself’. That’s it. โ€” Linus Torvalds

One of the reasons that I really don’t mind that people are selling Linux commercially is exactly because it does make me feel good that people use the product. โ€” Linus Torvalds

What commercialism has brought to Linux has been the incentive to make a good distribution that is easy to use and that has all the packaging issues worked out. โ€” Linus Torvalds

There are lots of Linux users who don’t care how the kernel works, but only want to use it. That is a tribute to how good Linux is. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I get the biggest enjoyment from the random and unexpected places. Linux on cellphones or refrigerators, just because it’s so not what I envisioned it. Or on supercomputers. โ€” Linus Torvalds

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That’s what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It’s a positive feedback cycle. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I personally think of Linux development as being pretty nonโ€“localized, and I work with all the people entirely over eโ€“mailโ€“even if they happen to be working in the Portland area. โ€” Linus Torvalds

So I decided that if the architecture is fundamentally sane enough, say it follows some basic rules like it supported paging , then I would be able to say, yes, Linux fundamentally supports that model. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I don’t expect to go hungry if I decide to leave the University. Resume: Linux looks pretty good in many places. โ€” Linus Torvalds

What I find most interesting is how people really have taken Linux and used it in ways and attributes and motivations that I never felt. โ€” Linus Torvalds


Nonโ€“technical questions sometimes don’t have an answer at all. โ€” Linus Torvalds

non technical questions sometimes don t have an answer at all Linus Torvalds quote

I’m a technical manager, but I don’t have to take care of people. I only have to worry about technology itself. โ€” Linus Torvalds

On a purely technical side, I’m really very happy with how Linux gets used in a very wide set of different areas. It’s important for development. โ€” Linus Torvalds

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I’m talking to journalists I just say ‘programmer’ or something like that. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Being open source meant that I could work on the technical side (along with lots of other people), and others who had the interest and inclination could start up companies around it. โ€” Linus Torvalds


See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too. โ€” Linus Torvalds

microsoft isn t evil they just make really crappy operating systems Linus Torvalds quote

Microsoft isn’t evil, they just make really crappy operating systems. โ€” Linus Torvalds

There’s innovation in Linux. There are some really good technical features that I’m proud of. There are capabilities in Linux that aren’t in other operating systems. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) at clones. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Software patents, in particular, are very ripe for abuse. The whole system encourages big corporations getting thousands and thousands of patents. Individuals almost never get them. โ€” Linus Torvalds

When you say ‘I wrote a program that crashed Windows,’ people just stare at you blankly and say ‘Hey, I got those with the system, for free.’ โ€” Linus Torvalds

If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a Unix operating system. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I started Linux as a desktop operating system. And it’s the only area where Linux hasn’t completely taken over. That just annoys the hell out of me. โ€” Linus Torvalds


I am very happy about Android obviously. I use Android, and it’s actually made cellphones very usable. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I actually think that I’m a rather optimistic and happy person; it’s just that I’m not a very positive person, if you see the difference. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I’ve been employed by the University of Helsinki, and they’ve been perfectly happy to keep me employed and doing Linux. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I’m perfectly happy complaining, because it’s cathartic, and I’m perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favourite pastimeโ€“not programming. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I am not a visionary. I’m an engineer. I’m happy with the people who are wandering around looking at the stars but I am looking at the ground and I want to fix the pothole before I fall in. โ€” Linus Torvalds


Artists usually don’t make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it. โ€” Linus Torvalds

Bill Gates really seems to be much more of a business man than a technologist, while I prefer to think of Linux in technical terms rather than as a means to money. โ€” Linus Torvalds

While I may not get any money from Linux, I get a huge personal satisfaction from having written something that people really enjoy using, and that people find to be the best alternative for their needs. โ€” Linus Torvalds

I’ve actually found the image of Silicon Valley as a hotbed of moneyโ€“grubbing tech people to be pretty false, but maybe that’s because the people I hang out with are all really engineers. โ€” Linus Torvalds

So I’ve decided to be a very rich and famous person who doesn’t really care about money, and who is very humble but who still makes a lot of money and is very famous, but is very humble and rich and famous. โ€” Linus Torvalds


Linus Torvalds is a computer scientist and the founder of the Linux kernel. In 2004, he was honored with the Computer History Museum’s Fellow Award “for his creation of a new open source operating system, and for his development of the GNU toolchain, making software development more accessible to everyone.” His words are often inspiring and thought-provoking, as we can see from the quotes in this blog post. If you’re looking for some motivation or simply want to be inspired by one of the world’s leading thinkers on computing, then check out our courses page where you can learn more about what we offer.

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