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What if Linus Torvalds Would Have Accepted Job Proposal of Steve Jobs?

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Linus Torvalds, the man behind the wonderful project Linux and Git was offered job by Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc. Torvalds never met Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft but he met Jobs in the year 2000 when he was working with Transmeta corporation, an American fabless semiconductor company. Jobs invited Torvalds to Cupertino Camps of Apple. Torvalds was offered thick salary and remarkable position within the organization and was supposed to do Non-Linux things at Apple. This was the point, Torvalds disagreed. Moreover Torvalds did not like the Mac Kernel, Mach.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds

What if Torvalds would have accepted the proposal?

That day if Torvalds would have accepted the proposal of Steve Jobs, today the world would not been the same. We wont be having Linux, Kindle, Android, more than half of Internet. More than 90% of servers of Today. Literally the picture of world would have been very different, as it is today.

ill-effect of Proposal rejection by Torvalds, if any?

It would have been great seeing two great minds Torvalds and Jobs working together. The world would have benefited in some other way but surely on the risk loosing Linux.

Torvalds as a He Is

Torvalds is known to be arrogant and for giving controversial statements, at times. But his contribution to the world is unmatched. He gave Linux and Git for free. There are too many statements against Torvalds that he never gave a part of his earning to make world a better place, but the fact remains he has given what others can not even think of. He gave his master piece development for Free. He could have earned Million and Millions of bucks. He gave what he was having to the whole world without any discrimination.

Torvalds as a Human Being

The chief architect of Linux Kernel is a nice and interesting person who talks about every Genre of the world. He write blogs, talk about his kids, Halloween, his native place, etc. You can follow him on his blogs and Google Plus.

Follow at Blogs
  1. http://torvalds-family.blogspot.in/
  2. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/blogs/linus-torvalds
Follow on Google Plus
  1. https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts

Lesser Known Truth about Linus Torvalds

  1. Linus Annual Salary : $10 Million Per Year
  2. Linus Total Worth : $150 Million
  3. Creator of Revision Control System and Git besides Kernel.
  4. Torvalds first priority is FOSS, but he never minds using Proprietary software to get best result.
  5. He prefers Fedora, for its good support for PowerPC processor architecture and said this in an interview in 2008 and later in 2012.
  6. Linux Foundation sponsors Torvalds, so that Linux can give all his time for the development of Linux.

Famous Quotes of Linus

Some of famous quotes and saying of Torvalds.


“Torvalds don’t wear specs, he has configured X11 to the point, he don’t need any.”

“When you say, I wrote a program that crashed Microsoft Windows, People just stares at you blankly and say, Hey! I got those with the system, for free.”

Only Wimps use tape drive to maintain backup. Real men just upload their stuff on Public FTP and let the whole world make copies for you.”

“See, you don’t need to be a good programmer to create a system like Linux, you need to be a sneaky bastard too.”


“Making Linux available under General Public Licence is the best thing I did.”


Some people speaks, If Torvalds, would not have written the Kernel, somebody say “Michel” would have written this and we would have been calling it Michel OS, Today. Saying this are not we underestimating his capabilities, his sacrifice and his wonderful job.

Torvalds is a Messiah and a Geek, a Developer, an Admin, NASA Research Lab, White-Hat Hacker, etc knows what Mr. Torvalds did. There is nothing wrong in torvalds‘ Lord feeling in his self made world. The world will always be thankful to him

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I am a major in computer science, love to research nix. I love to write codes and scripts, review distros, experiment Foss Technologies, write technical articles, Hack, of course Ethically. I am working as System Administrator (nix) for a NGO.

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29 Responses

  1. kashu says:

    Torvalds is a great man indeed!

  2. Koshal says:

    Thanks for this Information……

  3. champ007 says:

    Thanks a lot for providing the information Linux is the best

  4. Hamid Alizadeh says:

    Wait a minute, Linux was introduced on 1991:


    and this job was offered by Jobs on 2000, right?

  5. id_rsa.pub says:

    >>> That day if Torvalds would have accepted the proposal of Steve Jobs, today the world would not been the same.

    It isn’t true. Linus released his os in 1991, so before 2000 Linux had already became popular in small group of people. Canonical made it popular across the whole world releasing Ubuntu.

    So the world would be pretty the same just with some small differences, e.g. names of Linux kernel maintainers

  6. vikas kanhaua says:

    nice article !! :-)

  7. sb says:

    Interesting article.

    “We wont be having Linux, Kindle, Android…”

    I hope you meant:

    “We wouldn’t have Linux, Kindle, Android”

  8. Arun says:

    Good content but I’d suggest you get your articles reviewed by someone for grammatical corrections.

  9. Arun says:

    And BTW, though it was released in 1991, Linux wouldn’t have come all the way till 2014 the way it has without Linus actively handling it. At best there might have been too many forks which would make it extremely difficult to find something that’s equivalent to Linux as we know it today.

  10. Bob Robertson says:

    Linus Torvalds is one of those truly fortunate people, who has figured out how to make a living doing what he enjoys doing.

    I admire those people, and dearly wish I could figure out how to do the same.

    It has nothing to do with fortune, or fame. Just joy.

  11. John says:

    ” We wont be having Linux” -> completely false.
    Linux has been around since 1991…

    And “so that Linux can give all his time for the development of Linux.” I think you meant “so that Linus can give all his time for the development of Linux.”

  12. George Taylor says:

    Not taking anything away from Torvalds, his contribution to the world of IT will always be phenomenal, but if you want to play the “What if” game…. what would the world have been like had Jobs not visited PARC in 1969?

  13. Eric Soulliage says:

    Linus is to Xgen geeks what Richie and Thomson where to the previous generation. like de Icaza ,Stallman and so many others , they made the Community of geeks , and for this my eternal Kudos

  14. Warren says:

    Interesting article. I hope you are not offended if I point out that correct usage is “What if Linus Torvalds HAD Accepted …”, not “would have accepted”. I’m seeing more people misuse “would have” recently. It goes ONLY in the “then” part, not the “if” part — for example, you would say, “If he had accepted, the world would have been different.”

  15. mouhammed says:

    I’ve learned more about Linus. Thanks a lot.

  16. hdaz says:

    What a great re-writing of history, by the year 2000 everyone and their puppy were into Linux….

    03rd April 2000 – Red Hat 6.2 was released
    15th August 2000 – Debian 2.2

    Linux Foundation sponsors Torvalds, so that Linux can give all his time for the development of Linux.

    Erm you forgot the superhero’s / Messiah’s name :)

    anyway depending on the date this offer was put forward, it was also the year IBM announced it was spending a few pennies on Linux.

  17. Anuj says:

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    your doing grt work ;-)

  18. vaibhav rokade says:

    Very Nice Articles!! thanx…

  19. vaibhav rokade says:

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