A thoroughly enjoyable interview in which Linus Torvalds shares views about technology, collaborative community, and general perspective. A summary of the interview is as follows:
- Intel processors have the design right for the trade-offs between hardware and software.
- Artificial intelligence will not be like it is in sci-fi but a more limited but useful tool.
- A good personality trait for open source is a combination of sanity, responsibility, perseverance, and engagement.
- The single superhero coder is really a myth. A person can start something, but they need others to finish it well.
- Besides the triad of talent, effort, and luck, you need passion and a specific focus in order to succeed.
- No one true programming language. Different languages work well in different areas.
- Generic drivers that are generically portable is not something he recommends.
- Technology seems to work best when it evolves rather than as a push for radical change.
I found the tone of the interview to be very pleasant. The questions were very respectful and thoughtful. The insights shared to be very measured, balanced, and a good outlook overall.