Apple Tried to Hire Linus Torvalds, Kill Linux

From: Rod-Lists 

Could you imagine a world without Linux? 

Such a thought could have been stark reality had Apple managed to successfu=
lly recruit Linus Torvalds back in 2000.

The founder of Linux was invited to Apple HQ in Cupertino by Steve Jobs at =
the turn of the millennium, where is was invited to join Apple and work on =
(what would become) OS X.

The lure? =E2=80=98Unix for the biggest user base=E2=80=99.

The catch? That he would have to stop development on Linux, a condition tha=
t led Torvalds to flatly refuse the offer.

Imagine: no Linux would have meant no Ubuntu, no ChromeOS, and no Android; =
the entire ecosystem of technology could have been dramatically changed by =
acceptance of this one job offer.

This revelation isn=E2=80=99t actually new, but as it=E2=80=99s been croppi=
ng up on social sites for the last few days I thought we should mention it =

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ If you think Linus stopping work on Linux means Linux is dead, then you better sell your Apple stock. Linus, as great as he is, plays a smaller role in the Linux ecosystem than Steve Jobs did in the development of Apple's products. Linus mainly works on the kernel. There are other kernels. Heck, Mac OS is based on the MACH kernel that Linus had nothing to do with. FUD. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D t n ; y ocial l-linux/

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ The dark side of Steve. Yin and yang. s =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D rk ll-linux/

=============================================================== From: Tom Wilson ------------------------------------------------------ Kind of surprised this has been passed off as news. It's been known for years that Jobs offered Linus job at Apple when he visited America and that Linus had a rather low opinion of what they were working on. Painfully obvious that Jobs didn't do his homework where Linus was concerned. Linus's disdain for micro-kernels and his pragmatism was pretty well known by that time - Meaning he wouldn't mesh at all with OS-X or Steve Jobs.