During a keynote interview with Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin at the Open Source Summit, Linux creator Linus Torvalds spoke at length about the security of his operating system. “You may not reach absolute security, but people that deploy default models are so much better off today; we’re making obvious improvements,” he said.
Torvalds added, “There are smart people doing bad things. I wish they were on our side, and they could help us. Where I want us to go is to get as many smart people as we can before they turn to the dark side. We would improve security that way and get those who are interested in security to come to us before they attack us.”
He also noted that he is happy about the increase in corporate involvement in open source development. “It’s very important to have companies in open source. It’s one thing I have been very happy about,” Torvalds said. “Linux came out of the free software movement, and there was a lot of anti-commercial sentiment.”