Tuesday, November 3, 2009

InformIT: Interview with Donald Knuth

The success of open source code is perhaps the only thing in the computer field that hasn’t surprised me during the past several decades. But it still hasn’t reached its full potential; I believe that open-source programs will begin to be completely dominant as the economy moves more and more from products towards services, and as more and more volunteers arise to improve the code.

This is an older interview I just came across--always fascinating to hear what Donald Knuth has to say. His take on multi-core processors and parallelism is particularly interesting.

Great quote on Linux from the interview: "I currently use Ubuntu Linux, on a standalone laptop—it has no Internet connection. I occasionally carry flash memory drives between this machine and the Macs that I use for network surfing and graphics; but I trust my family jewels only to Linux."

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