The mind behind Linux | Linus Torvalds

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Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer,” Torvalds says. “I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds … but I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in.”

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Not sure if anybody noticed the body posture and conversing style, intent between the two. It tells a lot about one.

  2. Thank you for your dependability, modesty, humbleness and even your stubbornness .Please keep working on Linux Kernels and all your projects.

  3. Tell the people that make CC to never write "Силиконовая долина" for Silicon Valley, it's translate for Silicone Valley. The translation of Silicon Valley is "Кремниевая Долина"!!!

  4. The funny thing is both versions of remove_list_entry are bad. They both will segfault when the entry isnt in the list.

  5. I first used Linux 20 years ago. The installation could not detect my CD drive and other difficulties. I gave up. Now I use Linux. Its instantiation is easy.

  6. I am very shocked, the great Linux, don't even read the history book about 2 famous American engineers. From my point of view, he is just a normal person, not even a very smart engineer, he just stands at the right place of something needed by history, not a big deal. And this is just the engineering thing, it stumbled genius very often, while idiots can do the job.

  7. Hahahaha…what a man! Changed billions of life without even them knowing, maybe just because he is not a "people's person". Dear Frontend Developers, dont be pissed, it's okay to work on UI.

  8. He looks so uncomfortable out in public, yet sticks it out make a great and inspiring talk. And you could tell he'd rather be anywhere than talking in public right now. I recall that feeling. Still a legend

  9. After changing 3 rooms for my computer I finally found the perfect one I didn't know why I liked this room but while watching this video I looked up and realized that the color of the walls is the same as Linus'.

  10. Ok so if he likes silent computers, how do I get Linux to use less power on mine so my fan doesn't run all the time?

  11. 14:35 &(*indirect)->next I suppose -> takes precedence over &. So you're de-referencing indirect twice, then having indirect be the address of a pointer. So basically indirect is a pointer to a pointer. If not necessarily, might be best avoiding having so much dereferencing due to more processing cycles.

  12. This is how to change the world. Staying with one topic and make it accessible to others. It is so funny to watch Chris realizing that he his not joining the visionary‘s and the dreamer‘s club. Not giving him the emotional high and the sensational interview he is looking for.

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  15. i hate how the title gives all the credit to linus, linux today is the result of efforts of millions of people all over the world

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