Two Great Linus Quotes
By Jimgris-Oracle on Nov 26, 2007
And not only do we tend to support many different models of virtualization, but one telling detail may be that I am personally so totally uninterested in it, that I am really happy that I have almost nothing to do with any of them.
And I mention that as a strong point of open source! Why? Because it actually is a great example of what open source results in: one person's (or company's) particular interests don't end up being dominant. The fact that I personally think that virtualization isn't all that exciting means next to nothing.
But in the end, a lot of this is just a huge amount of individually small changes that may not be even interesting on their own - what is then really stunning is how big a difference all those small not-so-interesting changes make when you put them all together.
In other words, I'm a huge believer in the "99 % perspiration, 1% inspiration" rule. It's a lot of hard -- but happily, mostly interesting -- work, and there is seldom, if ever, any single big silver bullet.
Even though I took these two quotes out of the context of the original
article, they illustrate two points I agree with: (1) one
person or company shouldn't control the entire community, and (2) the
real value of community development comes over the long term and
results from many small contributions, not one big one. To me, these
are two issues facing the OpenSolaris community right now. The small
things matter a lot. They add up. And I think we miss that many times
because we are too focused on "Sun" in the community on the one hand
and the so-called "lack of leadership" on the other. There are no
silver bullets for OpenSolaris. And there's nothing to replace the
perspiration of doing the hard -- but interesting -- work.