„My own computational world is a strange blend of Plan 9, Windows, and Inferno. I very much admire Linux's growth and vigor. Occasionally, people ask me much the same question [about Linux], but posed in a way that seems to expect an answer that shows jealousy or irritation about Linux vs. Unix as delivered and branded by traditional companies. Not at all; I think of both as the continuation of ideas that were started by Ken and me and many others, many years ago.“

—  Dennis Ritchie, .
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informaticien américain 1941 - 2011
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—  Steve Ballmer American businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft 1956
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—  Jack Valenti President of the MPAA 1921 - 2007
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„I dont care what people think about me? If I will start thinking that then what people will do. No work for them... Lol so think about me, admire about me, dream about me so I can show to world how sexy I am.“

—  Nikita Gokhale Indian Actress, Indian Model 1990
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