This is why many people (like myself) have a love/hate view of Linus.  Linus is clearly very bright and has a lot to offer the technology industry, but at the same time he constantly says dumb things.  It is hard to take someone seriously who can't maintain a balanced perspective or restrain themselves and avoid this kind of hyperbole.

There is an interesting NYTimes interview with Linus Torvald:

"Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect."

He also says, "from a technology angle, Microsoft really has been one of the least interesting companies." Linus needs to go to next month's PDC.

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