Chris Anderson, the creator of TED, interviews Linus Torvalds on the traits that are useful to create and maintain something remarkable as Linux. Linus appears as his usual self, joking about his own defects, and being overall very lucid in its analysis of the current status of Linux kernel and what happened to get there. He also offers a very peculiar approach on software openness which is, paraphrasing, giving people the freedom to push your software towards places where you have no intention to go. There’s also a discussion about taste: an artisan of computer programming over time acquires some sense of what’s the better code, and usually it has to do with simplicity.
Here’s the talk: