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Linus Torvalds Gives Windows 7 a Thumbs Up

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Oh no he didn't!

Ah Linux – the free, open source operating system that bucks the mass market trend. Those who know it inside out may love it because it's many things that Windows is not.

The founding father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, one that you wouldn't expect to be paying attention to Windows 7, was actually caught giving a big thumbs up to the new Microsoft operating system. See?

In actuality, Torvalds was attending the Japan Linux Symposium. The picture was taken as some sort of gag, as Torvalds did not purchase a copy from that stall.

(Source via Engadget.)

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    tanderskey , October 23, 2009 9:36 PM
    that Linus is really too nice a guy, if he was trying to communicate that MS was doing a good job with Win7.

    what he probably meant was, Its nearly as good as the OS i wrote in my college dorm a decade or so ago.
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    njkid3 , October 23, 2009 8:59 PM
    now of course there will be a new mac ad targeting linux now.
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    tipoo , October 23, 2009 8:32 PM
    Gotta love the guy :-P
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    BoxBabaX , October 23, 2009 8:31 PM
    Quote:
    In actuality, Torvalds was attending the Japan Linux Symposium. The picture was taken as some sort of gag, as Torvalds did not purchase a copy from that stall.


    In actuality, he was giving a thumbs up to Windows 7 :D . haha
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    tipoo , October 23, 2009 8:32 PM
    Gotta love the guy :-P
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    cookoy , October 23, 2009 8:35 PM
    Sure doesn't look like the middle finger. Yup, thumbs up. You're a sport. Call a spade a spade.
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    ssalim , October 23, 2009 8:40 PM
    A good product is a good product proven to be good by many.
    Even if President Obama were giving a thumbs down on Win7, it's still a good product.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2009 8:50 PM
    OMG!
    Either Hell must have frozen over or someone set him up! :o 
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    njkid3 , October 23, 2009 8:59 PM
    now of course there will be a new mac ad targeting linux now.
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    tanderskey , October 23, 2009 9:36 PM
    that Linus is really too nice a guy, if he was trying to communicate that MS was doing a good job with Win7.

    what he probably meant was, Its nearly as good as the OS i wrote in my college dorm a decade or so ago.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2009 10:02 PM
    He's smiling, and giving the thumbs up to indicate Windows 7 will indeed be Vista + Window Blinds and DesktopX.... :-D
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2009 10:21 PM
    Linus is the man...
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    cruiseoveride , October 23, 2009 10:26 PM
    Linus: The New Windows, now available with added Linux inspiration!!
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    7amood , October 23, 2009 11:11 PM
    he is a legend who fought until others acknowledged open-source.
    I never thought he would ever associate himself with anything that is NOT open source.

    makes me believe there maybe a gun pointed at him...
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    Mysteic , October 23, 2009 11:51 PM
    You can like a product and hate the principles it represents....you just can't use it.

    I like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but I will not be buying it. So I can give the console version a Thumbs up and the PC version a thumbs up its A$$.
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    Supertrek32 , October 24, 2009 12:33 AM
    Linux and Windows both have their ups and down. It's just like comparing OS X to Windows. Neither is better or worse.

    Maybe Apple could learn something from Linus?
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    njalterio , October 24, 2009 12:42 AM
    ....but did he purchase a Windows 7 Whopper? Judging by his grin I bet he did!
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    bk420 , October 24, 2009 2:20 AM
    Looks like he's happy to see another failure :D 

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    CoderDunn , October 24, 2009 6:05 AM
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    That store is somewhat full of windblow$ retail copies and utterly empty of buyers... Maybe the crowd of eager m$ lu$ers is just waiting in front of the $hop. Or not?


    Yeah sure, because when ever you take a picture in a public place, everyone around jumps in front of the camera man.

    /sarcasm
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2009 6:15 AM
    That's the special event space in front of yodobashi camera Akiba, right next to the big LED screen. Which, I'll point out, does NOT run linux ^^!
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    sonofliberty08 , October 24, 2009 6:45 AM
    he was thumbs up for a cup of green tea on his left hand
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