Linus Torvalds on CNN

Linus Torvalds is interviewed by CNN (Kristie Lu Stout)

KLS: In the last year we’ve seen tremendous growth in Linux usage especially on desktop computers, especially with stuff out there like Open Office, especially the Firefox browser. Do you think we’re nearing a tipping point where Linux is becoming mainstream?

LT: Well as far as I’m concerned it’s actually been pretty mainstream. Already I’ve been doing this for 15 years and you have to realize that I’ve got a slightly different viewpoint on the whole thing.

KLS: I understand, but let’s say your mom or my mom, they’re surfing the Internet but maybe they’re not surfing with Firefox just yet or they don’t really know what Linux is just yet.

LT: Open source is definitely getting to the point where a lot of people who don’t actually know about the technology start to know about the notion of open source and start to use the products. Not just Linux, I mean Firefox is certainly the one that a lot of people will have seen because they prefer it, because it’s better or because it’s more secure or for any other number of reasons.

KLS: Another reason, because it’s an alternative to Microsoft?

LT: Well that is, I think, played up more than it necessarily needs to be. Because there is a very vocal side to this which is the whole anti Microsoft thing. I think it makes a better story than is necessarily true in real life. – Reclusive Linux founder opens up – May 18, 2006