Which commercial company is doing the most for Linux?
I have such a hard time judging that. Most of them tend to be in fairly
different markets. I think that there is a lot of power in just numbers.
That's what made Windows such an attractive platform. It wasn't Microsoft.
It was the fact that there were hundreds - thousands of companies
supporting it. I think that it would be wrong to single out any Linux
Today most of the IT companies are embracing Linux. Are they giving
back enough to the community?
People expect other people to be nice and take care of things. I don't
think that it's true and I don't think it should be. The power of Linux is
that even if nobody else helps you an inch of the way, then you still have
your copy of Linux, you still have the power to do whatever you want.
That's important. In that sense, even if a commercial company were to give
back nothing at all, it would not be a loss for Linux. Even with a
company like Dell which doesn't do any Linux development, just the fact
that they are there, supporting Linux, helps. Just the PR value of it is
great. Also as Michael [Dell] mentioned, it's fairly important to have
big hardware manufacturers that are known to support you. Dell and IBM
have been very good at causing other hardware manufacturers to make sure
they have drivers for Linux. So I'm fairly positive.
Do you see the growth of Linux in the enterprise, home pc's or in the
I don't know. As a Transmeta person, I can say the non-pc market. The
advantage of PC's is that they're standard and they're really cheap to
make because they're standard. Maybe a new standard is coming up. Anybody
who is interested in any emerging technology these days, they tend to
actually look at Linux first because it's so easy to adopt. Maybe we'll
all leave small big traces in the sand.
Did you pick Debian personally for the $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds
Community Award which was presented to Debian at the LinuxWorld Conference
I'm allowed to be involved in the discussions. But in practice I don't
want to get involved. It's been a fairly conscious decision. Partly
because of laziness, but partly just because I want to avoid the politics
of Linux. I want to be somebody who everybody agrees is a nice guy and
doesn't butt in. So I've actually let IDG do it, who've so far been doing