Say What?!

Linus Torvalds was present at the Japan Linux Symposium on October 22, 2009 — the very same day that Microsoft released Windows 7. During a break in the symposium festivities, some attendees decided to have a little fun at the expense of Microsoft, and they captured this posed photo of Linus Torvalds in front of a local shop's Windows 7 display. You have to just love the sarcasm on Linus Torvalds face. The photo, and the caption, appear below, as they were released.

Microsoft tried to torpedo the success of the Japan Linux Symposium by launching their Windows 7 product that same day. They even had setup a big promotion booth across the street from the conference center.During a break, we decided to make some fun of Microsoft and dragged Linus over there. When we arrived there, Linus was sold immediately on the product as you can see in the picture. At least that's what the sales guy thought. He obviously had no idea who he was dealing with. But in the end Linus surprisingly did not buy a copy. Wise man!

Photo by Chris Schlaeger. Reprinted with permission.