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Re: No one can be Larry Wall overnight

by Fingo (Monk)
on Apr 13, 2001 at 20:05 UTC ( #72379=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to No one can be Larry Wall overnight

Well Linus Torvaltz(sp?) tried to write a kernel, and he succesed OVERNIGHT. The point is that he tried to write a peice of software, not be a famous programer. He succeded at both.

UPDATE:I meant that he became a pop-culture icon (admit it, out of the open-source community, he is probably the most famous to the rest of the world) He became this because he started work on linux, and got many others to help. Linux became a success almost overnight and so did Linus. My point is that one's immidiate goals should not be to become famous, but to create good things. With the second comes the first. Oh and I have actualy read a bit. Linux became popular with the hacker culture in the mather of one or two years. If you look at the original mesages to comp.os.minix, Linux was growing extremly rapidly in the early days.

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Re: Re: No one can be Larry Wall overnight
by PsychoSpunk (Hermit) on Apr 13, 2001 at 20:58 UTC
    Ahem, are you running Linux v0.01?

    Linus meagerly announced a little project that he was working on. It took many others to bring it the success it has had. I cannot recall Linus being a pop culture icon nor can I recall the "halcyon" days of even v1.x kernels. I doubt that any significant portion of the monks here can either.

    I suggest reading the Credits for the latest kernel. Maybe search the archives of and see the credits for v1.0. Then you'll understand that Linux didn't happen overnight. I definitely wouldn't run a kernel that wasn't written in a night of binge coding. Honestly, would you?


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