Linus Torvalds decries the cult of personality in technology

In today's open source roundup: Linus hammers the cult of personality in technology. Plus: Open source and security, and "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin endorses Linux


Linus Torvalds has never been shy about expressing his opinions. The Huffington Post recently did an interview with him where he shared his thoughts about what's happening in technology right now, the cult of personality surrounding technology leaders, Google versus Microsoft, and even religion and politics.

According to Huffington Post:

Torvalds: I wouldn't say it makes me angry, but if there's something distasteful in the tech market, it's the glorification of the most visible "leaders".

That very much includes me, btw. I think the whole "cult of personality" is pretty disturbing, and I hate how people take me and what I say too seriously. The same goes for Jobs, Ellison, Gates, you name it. I wish more people thought for themselves, and realized that the technology actually flows from all those random anonymous great engineers that are all around.

I understand that people want and need a focus, and that it doesn't just happen in technology either (hey, I sure hope it happens less in technology than it happens in the entertainment industry ;), but it's still a bit sad.

More at Huffington Post
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It was great (and also somewhat ironic) to see Linus speaking out against the cult of personality in technology, and also to see him credit engineers instead. The media tends to focus on personalities far too often while blithely ignoring the people who actually make the technology work, day in and day out.

Open source and security

ZDNet has an editorial that argues in favor of open source as the best model for security, despite the Heartbleed bug that got so much media attention recently.

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