Rusty Russell Quotes

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This page is here in honor of Rusty Russell, one of the funniest Linux kernel developers EVER

Here are some Rusty Russell quotes:

- Well, you don't get to be a kernel hacker simply by looking good in Speedos. (source:
- Rusty has had this in his e-mail signature:
Anyone who quotes me in their sig is an idiot. -- Rusty Russell

- Rusty has also had this in his e-mail signature:
There are those who do and those who hang on and you don't see
too many doers quoting their contemporaries. -- Larry McVoy

- Rusty often has problems with his last name being mispelled:
In looking through dev.c, I noticed that someone had misspelled my name at the top
of the file, so I sent a quick patch off to Alan and Linus: 

From: Rusty Russell <>
Subject: [PATCH] Trivial name typo.
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 15:24:07 +1100

Just noticed this... 2.2 and 2.3.  This Russel disease must be stamped
out before it becomes widespread.

--- linux-2.2/net/core/dev.c.~1~    Sun Dec  5 13:24:45 1999
+++ linux-2.2/net/core/dev.c    Thu Dec 23 15:20:21 1999
@@ -56,7 +56,7 @@
  *        Adam Sulmicki   :    Bug Fix : Network Device Unload
  *                    A network device unload needs to purge
  *                    the backlog queue.
- *    Paul Rusty Russel    :    SIOCSIFNAME
+ *    Paul Rusty Russell    :    SIOCSIFNAME
 #include <asm/uaccess.h>