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I have collected 50 of my favorite "Linux quotes" of all time. Feel free to add yours. Enjoy!
50. I develop for Linux for a living, I used to develop for DOS.
Going from DOS to Linux is like trading a glider for an F117.
-- Lawrence Foard, firstname.lastname@example.org
49. Avoid the Gates of Hell. Use Linux
-- unknown source
48. I've run DOOM more in the last few days than I have the last few
months. I just love debugging ;-)
47. By golly, I'm beginning to think Linux really *is* the best thing since
-- Vance Petree, Virginia Power
46. Linux poses a real challenge for those with a taste for late-night
hacking (and/or conversations with God).
-- Matt Welsh
45. Linux is obsolete
-- Andrew Tanenbaum
Your job is being a professor and researcher: That's one hell of a good
excuse for some of the brain-damages of minix. (Linus Torvalds to
still maintain the point that designing a monolithic kernel in 1991 is
a fundamental error. Be thankful you are not my student. You would not
get a high grade for such a design :-) (Andrew Tanenbaum to Linus
42. We all know Linux is great... it does infinite loops in 5 seconds.
- Linus Torvalds about the superiority of Linux
on the Amterdam Linux Symposium
41. People disagree with me. I just ignore them.
(Linus Torvalds, regarding the use of C++ for the Linux kernel.)
40. Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the
grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin
charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what
they say if they had.
-- Linus Torvalds, announcing Linux v2.0
39. Other than the fact Linux has a cool name, could someone explain why should use Linux over BSD?
“How should I know if it works? That's what beta testers are for. I
only coded it." (Attributed to Linus Torvalds, somewhere in a posting)
37. "Problem solving under linux has never been the circus that it is under AIX." (By Pete Ehlke in comp.unix.aix)
36. "Besides, I think Slackware sounds better than 'Microsoft,' don't you?" (By Patrick Volkerding)
"And the next time you consider complaining that running Lucid Emacs
19.05 via NFS from a remote Linux machine in Paraguay doesn't seem to
get the background colors right, you'll know who to thank." (By Matt
34. "...Deep Hack Mode--that mysterious and frightening state of consciousness where Mortal Users fear to tread." (By Matt Welsh)
Sigh. I like to think it's just the Linux people who want to be on the
"leading edge" so bad they walk right off the precipice. (Craig E.
Corp., concerned by the growing popularity of the free 32-bit operating
system for Intel systems, Linux, has employed a number of top
programmers from the underground world of virus development. Bill Gates
stated yesterday: "World domination, fast -- it's either us or Linus".
Mr. Torvalds was unavailable for comment ... (email@example.com
(Robert Manners), in comp.os.linux.setup)
Who wants to remember that escape-x-alt-control-left shift-b puts you
into super-edit-debug-compile mode? (Discussion in comp.os.linux.misc
on the intuitiveness of commands, especially Emacs.)
It's a bird.. It's a plane.. No, it's KernelMan, faster than a speeding
bullet, to your rescue. Doing new kernel versions in under 5 seconds
flat.. (Linus, in the announcement for 1.3.27)
29. Those who don't understand Linux are doomed to reinvent it, poorly. (Unidentified source.)
"How do you power off this machine?" (Linus, when upgrading
linux.cs.helsinki.fi, and after using the machine for several months.)
27. I've discovered that using VMS is a lot like driving a nail with your head:
sure, you eventually get something practical done, but it usually results
in a headache and some blood loss.
(submitted by Sean A. Simpson)
"... being a Linux user is sort of like living in a house inhabited by
a large family of carpenters and architects. Every morning when you
wake up, the house is a little different. Maybe there is a new turret,
or some walls have moved. Or perhaps someone has temporarily removed
the floor under your bed." - Unix for Dummies, 2nd Edition (Found in
the .sig of Rob Riggs)
25. If Bill Gates is the Devil then Linus Torvalds must be the Messiah. (Unknown source)
24. LILO, you've got me on my knees!
(from David Black, firstname.lastname@example.org, with apologies to Derek and the
Dominos, and Werner Almsberger)
23. Anyone can build a fast processor. The trick is to build a fast system. (Seymour Cray)
We can use symlinks of course... syslogd would be a symlink to syslogp
and ftpd and ircd would be linked to ftpp and ircp... and of course the
point-to-point protocal paenguin. (Kevin M. Bealer, commenting on the
penguin Linux logo.)
21. A multithreaded file system is only a performance hack. (Andrew Tanenbaum to Linus Torvalds)
20. I did this 'cause Linux gives me a woody. It doesn't generate revenue. (Dave '-ddt->` Taylor, announcing DOOM for Linux)
This message was brought to you by Linux, the free unix. Windows
without the X is like making love without a partner. Sex, Drugs &
Linux Rules win-nt from the people who invented edlin apples have meant
trouble since eden Linux, the way to get rid of boot viruses (By
email@example.com, MaDsen Wikholm)
18. Be warned that typing killall name may not have the desired
effect on non-Linux systems, especially when done by a privileged user.
-- From the killall manual page
17. Only wimps use tape backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it "
--- Linus Torvalds
16. Linux is not user-friendly.
It _is_ user-friendly. It is not ignorant-friendly and idiot-friendly.
`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*".' (By 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." (By Linus
13. "Are Linux
users lemmings collectively jumping off of the cliff of reliable,
well-engineered commercial software?" (By Matt Welsh)
12. "Linux: the operating system with a CLUE... Command Line User Environment". (seen in a posting in comp.software.testing)
“See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like
Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too” (By Linus Torvalds)
10. "What happens when you read some doc and either it doesn't answer your
question or is demonstrably wrong? In Linux, you say "Linux sucks" and go
read the code. In Windows/Oracle/etc you say "Windows sucks" and
start banging your head against the wall."
--- Denis Vlasenko on lkml
"...you might as well skip the Xmas celebration completely, and instead
sit in front of your linux computer playing with the
all-new-and-improved linux kernel version." (By Linus Torvalds)
8. Linux hackers are funny people: They count the time in patchlevels. (Seen in the .sig of Gerd Knorr.)
7. Linux: the choice of a GNU generation
-- firstname.lastname@example.org put this on Tshirts in '93\
6. "Not me, guy. I read the Bash man page each day like a Jehovah's Witness reads
the Bible. No wait, the Bash man page IS the bible. Excuse me..."
(More on confusing aliases, taken from comp.os.linux.misc)
5. What's this script do?
unzip ; touch ; finger ; mount ; gasp ; yes ; umount ; sleep
Hint for the answer: not everything is computer-oriented. Sometimes you're
in a sleeping bag, camping out with your girlfriend.
(Contributed by Frans van der Zande.)
4. I'm an idiot.. At least this [bug] took about 5 minutes to find..
Surely, Linus is talking about the kind of idiocy that others aspire to :-).
(Bruce Perens in response to Linus Torvalds's mailing about a kernel bug.)
3. One OS to rule them all,
One OS to find them.
One OS to call them all,
And in salvation bind them.
In the bright land of Linux,
Where the hackers play.
(J. Scott Thayer, with apologies to J.R.R.T.)
2. ...the Linux philosophy is "laugh in the face of danger". Oops. Wrong one. "Do it yourself". That's it. (by Linus)
1. We are using Linux daily to UP our productivity - so UP yours!
-- Adapted from Pat Paulsen by Joe Sloan
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