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  1. Mario Peshev

    “The innovation that this industry talks about so much is bullshit. Anybody can innovate. Don’t do this big, ‘Think different’ innovation thing. Screw that; it’s meaningless. 99% of it is ‘Get the work done.’ That’s my least favorite part of the technology news cycle: the constant innovation and new ideas, ‘This will revolutionize,’ all that hype – that’s not where the real work is. The real work is in the details.”

    Reality check for millions of people.

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  2. Chuck

    Absolutely correct on all points. Including the fact that any large project needs a Linus (or Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk, or ….) to micromanage the final overall user experience. Nothing important happens via committee.

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  3. Jeffrey

    I often compare software development to biological processes where really it is evolution. It is not intelligent design.

    I agree with him until this point. He confused evolution with natural selection. I don’t believe Linux was evolved from a bunch of random ideas and thoughts, instead it was designed from the very beginning. I truly believe software development is intelligent design.

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    • Daniel Miller

      Not at all. “Intelligent design” implies a vision of an endpoint, with an overall controller guiding the progress. While I can’t speak for Linus I doubt he ever envisioned Linux getting to where it is today. Natural selection implies the strongest survive. There are still a number of “weak” items in the kernel – if only because not enough people can agree on “better”. Evolution implies change – sometimes radical change – and things have certainly changed.

      Linus isn’t a prophet but I think it fair to consider him precise in his speech. He used exactly the words he meant.

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