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50 top linux quotes

  1. i develop for linux for a living, i used to develop for dos.
    going from dos to linux is like trading a glider for an f117.
    -- lawrence foard,

  2. avoid the gates of hell. use linux.
    -- unknown source

  3. i've run doom more in the last few days than i have the last few
    months. i just love debugging ;-)
    (linus torvalds)

  4. by golly, i'm beginning to think linux really *is* the best thing since
    sliced bread.
    -- vance petree, virginia power

  5. linux poses a real challenge for those with a taste for late-night
    hacking (and/or conversations with god).
    -- matt welsh

  6. linux is obsolete.
    -- andrew tanenbaum

  7. your job is being a professor and researcher: that's one hell of a good excuse for some of the brain-damages of minix. (linus torvalds to andrew tanenbaum)

  8. i still maintain the point that designing a monolithic kernel in 1991 is a fundamental error. be thankful you are not my student. you would not get a high grade for such a design :-) (andrew tanenbaum to linus torvalds)

  9. we all know linux is great... it does infinite loops in 5 seconds.
    - linus torvalds about the superiority of linux on the amterdam linux symposium

  10. people disagree with me. i just ignore them.
    (linus torvalds, regarding the use of c++ for the linux kernel.)

  11. some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. they'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.
    -- linus torvalds, announcing linux v2.0

  12. other than the fact linux has a cool name, could someone explain why should use linux over bsd?

  13. “how should i know if it works? that's what beta testers are for. i only coded it." (attributed to linus torvalds, somewhere in a posting)

  14. "problem solving under linux has never been the circus that it is under aix." (by pete ehlke in comp.unix.aix)

  15. "besides, i think slackware sounds better than 'microsoft,' don't you?" (by patrick volkerding)

  16. "and the next time you consider complaining that running lucid emacs 19.05 via nfs from a remote linux machine in paraguay doesn't seem to get the background colors right, you'll know who to thank." (by matt welsh)

  17. "...deep hack mode--that mysterious and frightening state of consciousness where mortal users fear to tread." (by matt welsh)

  18. sigh. i like to think it's just the linux people who want to be on the "leading edge" so bad they walk right off the precipice. (craig e. groeschel)

  19. microsoft corp., concerned by the growing popularity of the free 32-bit operating system for intel systems, linux, has employed a number of top programmers from the underground world of virus development. bill gates stated yesterday: "world domination, fast -- it's either us or linus". mr. torvalds was unavailable for comment ... ( (robert manners), in comp.os.linux.setup)

  20. who wants to remember that escape-x-alt-control-left shift-b puts you into super-edit-debug-compile mode? (discussion in comp.os.linux.misc on the intuitiveness of commands, especially emacs.)

  21. it's a bird.. it's a plane.. no, it's kernelman, faster than a speeding bullet, to your rescue. doing new kernel versions in under 5 seconds flat.. (linus, in the announcement for 1.3.27)

  22. those who don't understand linux are doomed to reinvent it, poorly. (unidentified source.)

  23. "how do you power off this machine?" (linus, when upgrading, and after using the machine for several months.)

  24. i've discovered that using vms is a lot like driving a nail with your head: sure, you eventually get something practical done, but it usually results in a headache and some blood loss.
    (submitted by sean a. simpson)

  25. "... being a linux user is sort of like living in a house inhabited by a large family of carpenters and architects. every morning when you wake up, the house is a little different. maybe there is a new turret, or some walls have moved. or perhaps someone has temporarily removed the floor under your bed." - unix for dummies, 2nd edition (found in the .sig of rob riggs)

  26. if bill gates is the devil then linus torvalds must be the messiah. (unknown source)

  27. lilo, you've got me on my knees!
    (from david black,, with apologies to derek and the
    dominos, and werner almsberger)

  28. anyone can build a fast processor. the trick is to build a fast system. (seymour cray)

  29. we can use symlinks of course... syslogd would be a symlink to syslogp and ftpd and ircd would be linked to ftpp and ircp... and of course the point-to-point protocal paenguin. (kevin m. bealer, commenting on the penguin linux logo.)

  30. a multithreaded file system is only a performance hack. (andrew tanenbaum to linus torvalds)

  31. i did this 'cause linux gives me a woody. it doesn't generate revenue. (dave '-ddt->` taylor, announcing doom for linux)

  32. this message was brought to you by linux, the free unix. windows without the x is like making love without a partner. sex, drugs & linux rules win-nt from the people who invented edlin apples have meant trouble since eden linux, the way to get rid of boot viruses. (by, madsen wikholm)

  33. be warned that typing killall name may not have the desired effect on non-linux systems, especially when done by a privileged user.
    -- from the killall manual page

  34. only wimps use tape backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it. "
    --- linus torvalds

  35. linux is not user-friendly. it _is_ user-friendly. it is not ignorant-friendly and idiot-friendly.
    ---source unknown

  36. when you say "i wrote a program that crashed windows", people just stare at you blankly and say "hey, i got those with the system, *for free*".' (by linus torvalds)

  37. "if you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a unix operating system." (by linus torvalds)

  38. "are linux users lemmings collectively jumping off of the cliff of reliable, well-engineered commercial software?" (by matt welsh)

  39. "linux: the operating system with a clue... command line user environment". (seen in a posting in

  40. “see, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.” (by linus torvalds)

  41. "what happens when you read some doc and either it doesn't answer your question or is demonstrably wrong? in linux, you say "linux sucks" and go read the code. in windows/oracle/etc you say "windows sucks" and start banging your head against the wall."
    --- denis vlasenko on lkml

  42. " might as well skip the xmas celebration completely, and instead sit in front of your linux computer playing with the all-new-and-improved linux kernel version." (by linus torvalds)

  43. linux hackers are funny people: they count the time in patchlevels. (seen in the .sig of gerd knorr.)

  44. linux: the choice of a gnu generation
    -- put this on tshirts in '93\

  45. "not me, guys. i read the bash man page each day like a jehovah's witness reads the bible. no wait, the bash man page is the bible. excuse me..."
    (more on confusing aliases, taken from comp.os.linux.misc)

  46. what's this script do?
    unzip ; touch ; finger ; mount ; gasp ; yes ; umount ; sleep
    hint for the answer: not everything is computer-oriented. sometimes you're
    in a sleeping bag, camping out with your girlfriend.
    (contributed by frans van der zande.)

  47. i'm an idiot.. at least this [bug] took about 5 minutes to find.. surely, linus is talking about the kind of idiocy that others aspire to :-)
    (bruce perens in response to linus torvalds's mailing about a kernel bug.)

  48. one os to rule them all,
    one os to find them.
    one os to call them all,
    and in salvation bind them.
    in the bright land of linux,
    where the hackers play.
    (j. scott thayer, with apologies to j.r.r.t.)

  49. ...the linux philosophy is "laugh in the face of danger". oops. wrong one. "do it yourself". that's it. (by linus)

  50. we are using linux daily to up our productivity - so up yours!
    -- adapted from pat paulsen by joe sloan