Sep. 19th, 2018

Linus

Sep. 19th, 2018 10:22 pm
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These days, a lot of people have heard of Linus Torvalds, the "father" of Linux. Linus is without question a really, really technically smart person. However, Linus can also behave pretty abominably at times in terms of his interactions with others, and has been unrepentant of this behaviour in the past. Your favourite search engine can find you plenty of examples.

Anyone who's had the somewhat dubious pleasure of living or working with me in the past might describe me somewhat similarly. I hope I've got at least somewhat better over the years. My thanks go out to those people that have helped me along the way, but most of all of course to Karen, my long suffering wife (and best friend). I know it can be hard to change, especially when at least some of what you are respected for is technical excellence.

Given all this, it was somewhat of a surprise this week to see that Linus had posted a full on apology for his past behaviour. Well done that man. (I acknowledge that this is words, not actions, and it's the actions that need to change. But as a first step, it's a very good one).

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