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Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has offered some lifestyle advice for hackers, suggesting they adopt his admittedly-unglamorous lifestyle but also his ethos of working on things that matter. In an on-stage interview with Linux Foundation founder and executive director Jim Zemlin at the Open Source summit in Los Angeles on Monday, …

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      1. Kernel

        Re: Last time I tried to work in a bathrobe...

        "pour it and nuke it for 30 seconds or so to get the temperature back up."

        I don't know what you're making there, but it sure as hell doesn't qualify as coffee!

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Last time I tried to work in a bathrobe...

      Uhm coffee maker with timer?

      That's my process.

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

    1. hplasm Silver badge
      Happy

      Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

      Don't flick the soldering iron.

      1. Simon Harris Silver badge
        Unhappy

        Re: Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

        Ouch - done that before building models in my bathrobe.

        1. Nolveys

          Re: Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

          Ouch - done that before building models in my bathrobe.

          You've got to build them outside your bathrobe and move them in when you are done.

          1. ecofeco Silver badge

            Re: Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

            Damn Novleys, I actually spit my beer.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He's full of it

    I don't know if Torvalds even has a drivers license, but he' s not convincing me that when someone lifts his 100K Benz with state-of-the-art alarm system his reaction would be 'what a clever and interesting person, I would like to meet him/her'.

    When someone steams your property, intellectually or otherwise. it sucks. Ad you don't want to hire them, because there are always newer, cleverer and more interesting people trying to nick your stuff.

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: He's full of it

      This is Linus you're talking about - criticize him when you get close to doing 1/10th of what he's done. I think that you work in the way that works for you - the important thing is that you do something you enjoy. And if you can't enjoy the stuff that brings the money in, have something else that you enjoy more.

      It's 5AM here, coffee's on and I'm off to work in an hour.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: He's full of it

      Are you in sales?

    3. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

      Re: He's full of it

      "When someone steams your property, intellectually or otherwise. it sucks. "

      What about shirts?

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  4. Simon Harris Silver badge

    Working from home.

    "while coding a kernel in his bathrobe is far from glamorous he derives immense satisfaction from the many uses to which Linux is put."

    For some reason, putting those two ideas together reminded me of the Mitchell and Webb 'Working From Home' sketch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_DNpTMKXk (possibly NSFW... unless you're working from home)

    1. hplasm Silver badge
      Linux

      Re: Working from home.

      ""while coding a kernel in his bathrobe..."

      Linus: First, install the kernel in your bathrobe...

  5. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Linux

    The important question is:

    Is it yet the year of the bathrobe?

  6. anthonyhegedus Silver badge

    What a pretentious little twat!

    1. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

      Oh, the irony!

  7. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Linux Foundation Rocks to Roll with Memes that EnLiven ...... WeKidU2Not

      I've missed you MFM.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Umberto Eco

    In one of his books he talks about the significance of monk's robes versus military uniforms. Basically robes allow free movement and encourage freedom of thought while military uniforms make you constantly aware of them and so encourage discipline rather than independence.

    The bathrobe as a modern version of the monastic habit?

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    2. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Umberto Eco

      Too loose and no structure. Too tight and no freedom.

  9. bexley

    shirt and tie

    I know a guy that can´t work properly unless he is wearing a pressed shirt and tie.

    I pity him.

    My problem is that If i get to 3pm and am still not dressed or showered, I start thinking, well, there is not much point it washing or dressing now, i´ll do it tomorrow.

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