Linus Torvalds On Patent Infringement
I spotted an interview today with Linus Torvalds the creator of Linux (the name is a big clue) and I wanted to share some key points with you. Mainly it was his reply to the first question about Microsoft’s patent claims that I found so interesting. Here it is:
Interviewer: “We can’t start without a question: does Linux infringe Microsoft patents?”
Linus Torvalds: “As far as we know, the answer is a resounding “no”, and it’s all just MS trying to counter-act the fact that they have problems competing with Linux on a technical side by trying to spread FUD.”
Couldn’t agree more, he’s a smart cookie that Torvalds, he must be they named an operating system after him and even Bill Gates can’t say that 🙂 I also found his thoughts on the benefits of the open source development model fascinating.
Linus Torvalds: “I think the real issue about adoption of open source is that nobody can really ever “design” a complex system. That’s simply not how things work: people aren’t that smart – nobody is. And what open source allows is to not actually “design” things, but let them evolve, through lots of different pressures in the market, and having the end result just continually improve.”
“And doing so in the open, and allowing all these different entities to cross-pollinate their ideas with each other, and not having arbitrary boundaries with NDA’s and “you cannot look at how we did this”, is just a better way.”