A month ago we argued that what makes Linus Torvalds such an excellent programmer is the fact that he does not get distracted by ‘politics’ and gossip. He finally appears to admit that he does not get involved with the legal issues and he also acknowledge the fact that a lot of money is being used against his work (the Linux kernel). From this new interview (via DisinformationWeek:
InformationWeek: Do you think there is any way Microsoft, patent holders, or lawyers can take direct aim at the kernel development process and impede it?
Torvalds: I really don’t know. I don’t think they can impede the technology, and I really don’t think there is anything real behind that whole intellectual property FUD machine. But nearly infinite amounts of money certainly goes a long way.
I’m again the wrong person to ask. I work on the technology, and I make sure we do that as well as we can (which does include the ways we do it, including things like doing all the copyright certification we do), but I think that when it comes to these issues, you’re really talking about marketing and FUD, not so much anything I’m able to really answer.
For reference, relevant past items are appended.
Torvalds on the Novell/Microsoft deal:
- Why Linus Should Denounce the Novell Deal as Well
- New Linus Torvalds Interview Covers the Novell Issue, Again
- Linus Torvalds Has No “Hugely Strong Opinion” on Cross-licensing Deals (Updated)
- Linus Torvalds Finally Comments on the Novell/Microsoft Deal
- Quoteworthy: the Linus Torvalds Interpretation of Cross-licensing Deals
Torvalds on Microsoft’s patent threats:
- Linus Torvalds Escapes the Novell Question, Dismisses Microsoft’s “FUD”
- Linus Torvalds: Microsoft Can’t Compete on Technical Merit, Muddies the Waters Instead
Torvalds on the GPL(v3):
- Is the Linux Kernel Approaching Acceptance of GPLv3?
- Even GPLv3 Skeptics Have Begun to Realise It Has Value and Appreciate Its Effect
- Google Likes GPLv3, Microsoft Hates GPLv3, Eben Moglen Interview on GPLv3
- GPLv3 Resolves the Apache Compatibility Peril, Gets Alan Cox’s Approval
- Interviews: Linus Torvalds About GPLv2, Ron Hovsepian on the Deal