„Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.“

—  Steve Ballmer, " Microsoft CEO takes launch break with the Sun-Times https://web.archive.org/web/20011108013601/http://www.suntimes.com/output/tech/cst-fin-micro01.html" (1 June 2001) Chicago Sun Times
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„Everything was small... and my heart sinks for Linux when I see the size of it.“

—  Doug McIlroy American computer scientist, mathematician, engineer, and programmer 1932
Context: Everything was small... and my heart sinks for Linux when I see the size of it. [... ] The manual page, which really used to be a manual page, is now a small volume, with a thousand options... We used to sit around in the Unix Room saying, 'What can we throw out? Why is there this option?' It's often because there is some deficiency in the basic design — you didn't really hit the right design point. Instead of adding an option, think about what was forcing you to add that option. Doug McIlroy (2005). Ancestry of Linux — How the Fun Began https://archive.org/details/DougMcIlroy_AncestryOfLinux_DLSLUG

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„I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
Internet meme commonly attributed to Stallman made by an unknown source.

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„LINUX is obsolete.“

—  Andrew S. Tanenbaum Dutch computer scientist 1944
In a Usenet message, 29 Jan 1992 http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.minix/msg/f447530d082cd95d.

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„If 386BSD had been available when I started on Linux, Linux would probably never had happened.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969
Source: Mike Linksvayer's 1993 interview http://gondwanaland.com/meta/history/interview.html in the first issue of Meta Magazine http://gondwanaland.com/meta/history/

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„"Linux is a leprosy; …" This statement is not grammatically or factually correct.“

—  Andrew S. Tanenbaum Dutch computer scientist 1944
Rebuttal to Ken Brown http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/brown/rebuttal/.

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„Linux is only free if your time has no value.“

—  Jamie Zawinski American programmer 1968
In an interview http://www.jwz.org/doc/linux.html in June 1998; he later claimed that "Bits and pieces of this article have been quoted out of context in lots of places"

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„Making Linux GPL'd was definitely the best thing I ever did.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

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„If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

„I'll be damned if we don't find the time to get Linux builds done.“

—  Timothee Besset French software programmer
Quoted in Michael Larabel, "Good News, id Tech 5 Is Likely Coming To Linux" http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzUzNg Phoronix (2009-09-14).

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„I think the open software movement (and Linux in particular) is laudable.“

—  Ken Thompson American computer scientist, creator of the Unix operating system 1943

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