I’m a bastard

I’m a bastard. I have absolutely no clue why people can ever think otherwise. Yet they do. People think I’m a nice guy, and the fact is that I’m a scheming, conniving bastard who doesn’t care for any hurt feelings or lost hours of work, if it just results in what I consider to be a better system.

Quite frankly, I’d rather weed out the people who don’t start being careful early, rather than late. That sounds callous, and by God, it is callous. But it’s not the kind of “if you can’t stand the heat, get out the the kitchen” kind of remark that some people take it for. No, it’s something much more deeper: I’d rather not work with people who aren’t careful. It’s Darwinism in software development.

Because I’m a bastard, and proud of it!

Linus Torvalds, on debuggers

By David Blanco
Saved in: Quotes | 1 comment » | 1 September 2006

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