updated 05:00 pm EST, Tue February 5, 2008
Linux creator blasts 10.5
Linux creator Linus Torvalds recently blasted Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard for having a file system that is "complete and utter crap" at a Linux conference in Melbourne. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Torvalds says that while he prefers Leopard to Windows Vista, both companies are guilty of using their respective operating systems as a way of exacting control over their users, forcing both software and hardware upgrades upon them. This was in response to a query on what he felt regarding the two systems.
On his own creation, he noted that operating systems should be invisible. Torvalds said he feels that Asian hardware manufacturers are leaning towards Linux as a way of bypassing environmental limitations.
"That's the primary area that open source (software like Linux) is useful. Software is really expensive to produce and takes years," Torvalds said. He continues, "If you're a hardware company you can't really afford that, you either have to be controlled from the outside or take a pre-existing software stack that you can make changes to."