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  • The focus must always be on the task that the person wants to accomplish, to communicate, to learn, to create, to be entertained.
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  • 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.
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  • I don't get much sense of reward from having discovered how to get the Foo card to coexist with the Bar card.
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  • My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
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  • Using these toolkits is like trying to make a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes.
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  • I eat and drink at my desk, but I'm a tidy eater.
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  • See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy.
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  • 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)

  • Mostly I use the O2 as an X terminal, however, running my apps on Linux and displaying remotely.
    (Jamie Zawinski)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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?
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  • If you give a cracker a new toy, the first thing he'll do is carve his initials in it. Fortunately, most crackers get over that once they're through puberty.
    (Jamie Zawinski)

  • 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)

  • Linux is only free if your time has no value.
    (Jamie Zawinski)


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