LinuxCon Brazil: Q&A with Linus and Andrew
Posted Sep 3, 2010 15:20 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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Bear in mind that the phrase "same level as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Larry Ellison" in the context of the sentence before it doesn't mean the same level of goodness or respectability. It means the same level of influence.
Well, give them the Nobel prize in economics, but that doesn't say much about their merits in IT.
Astute, but then I didn't see any implication of merits in IT in what Jim said -- he mentioned only influence.
And it was pure puffing. Linus doesn't have even close to the influence of those people. Their money alone, even without their positions, lets them change the world and affect people far more than Linus can.
But giving them credit for their positions, Steve Jobs was (I presume) instrumental in changing the way people listen to recorded music and making tablet computers real. No patch Linus could have rejected would affect the world like that.
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