TOP 20 Jamie Zawinski Quotes

TOP 20 Jamie Zawinski Quotes.
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“Linux is only free if your time has no value.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:00)

“If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he’ll do is take it apart to figure out how it works.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:07)

“And when the time comes to replace the O2 I have today, maybe my next machine will run Linux.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:14)

“The universe tends toward maximum irony. Don’t push it.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:21)

“You can’t take a dying project, sprinkle it with the magic pixie dust of “open source,” and have everything magically work out.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:28)

“Don’t do drugs, kids. Stay in school.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:35)

“I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows, and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today, Unix is the best of a bad lot.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:42)

“Software Engineering might be science; but that’s not what I do. I’m a hacker, not an engineer.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:49)

“I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It’s a great hacker’s tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more.”
— Jamie Zawinski (00:56)

“See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:03)

“To a database person, every nail looks like a thumb. Or something like that.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:10)

“You can always affect things – so can you change it in a way that will make you as happy with it in the future as you were in the past? Maybe it won’t be the same, but it might be something else you also like.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:17)

“If you want to do something that’s going to change the world, build software that people want to use instead of software that managers want to buy.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:24)

“Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:31)

“I eat and drink at my desk, but I’m a tidy eater.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:38)

“Any time someone says “that’s it, I’m leaving” I ask them whether they’d prefer to live under US domestic policy, or US foreign policy. As bad as things get inside an empire, they’re usually worse in the protectorates.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:45)

“Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application, just because something as trivial as the operating system changed out from under them?”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:52)

“Our focus in the client group had always been to build products and features that people wanted to use. That we wanted to use. That our moms wanted to use.”
— Jamie Zawinski (01:59)

“Because, you see, what I want to do is to commoditize the OS. I want to have access to all the applications that I need to do the things that I need to do, regardless.”
— Jamie Zawinski (02:06)

“On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn’t necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense.”
— Jamie Zawinski (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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