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Fake Linus Torvalds



Taking a page from the popular FakeSteveJobs blog, we invited four well-known industry and community leaders to guest tweet as if they were the real Linus Torvalds during the weeks leading up to LinuxCon.



These FakeLinusTorvalds (FLTs) tweeted live from our (linuxfoundation) and Twitter feeds, and their identities were revealed at LinuxCon, directly after the Kernel Panel, featuring the real Linus Torvalds, on September 21, 2009.

Just who were these imposters? 
  • FLT1: Dan Lyons, the ghost behind FakeSteveJobs and currently a Newsweek reporter
  • FLT2: Matt Asay, CNET open source blogger and VP of business development at Alfresco
  • FLT3: Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, former reporter and currently community manager for openSUSE
  • FLT4: Jono Bacon, Community Manager, Ubuntu
Lyons came in fourth with his tweets, with Brockmeier coming in third, and Bacon the runner-up, leaving Asay in first place.
As he received the coveted silver penguin award, Asay told the crowd he was honored to emulate, if only for a brief time, such a huge presence in the open source community.

Fake Linus Torvalds Biographies

Fake Linus Torvalds #1


I eat Apples for lunch. I break Windows "Just For Fun." Don't let my mild-mannered, in-person exterior fool you; I’m a complex man. Married with children. Based in the Rose City.

Read all #FLT1 Tweets


Fake Linus Torvalds #2


Eric Raymond calls Linux "open source" so that I can make a trillion dollars selling it.  I just call it great software.  I don't do it to crush Microsoft, and I have enough money to keep the Portland rain off my keyboard.  All I want is peace, love, and Peets Coffee.  Plus a few more karate lessons to be able to hold my own against my wife.  And maybe a smidgeon of world domination.

Read all #FLT2 Tweets


Fake Linus Torvalds #3

Having a lot of fun making the world safe for penguins, open source, and sandals with socks. Not necessarily in that order. I know that, secretly, Bill and Steve are green with envy. World domination, it's closer than you think!


Fake Linus Torvalds #4


I'll do anything for fun. I rarely do conferences these days, but LinuxCon and Plumbers are in my hood and they seem like fun. I have my views on the world, I say what I like and I like what I say. I don't watch the market, but that is no reason to offer an opinion on it: like I say. What else do you need to know?

Read all #FLT4 Tweets



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