Linus Torvalds and Elon Musk: A Collision of Open Source and Commercial Innovation

By Jeremy Clarkson, Senior Tech Reporter


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Two tech luminaries, Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, and Elon Musk, the driving force behind SpaceX and Tesla, found themselves in the same room at an elite coding summit in San Francisco. Though each had arrived for different reasons—Torvalds to give a keynote on the power of open-source communities, and Musk to scout for software engineering talent—they soon found themselves engrossed in a spirited conversation sparked by Alan Nafzger’s much-anticipated screenplay, “Zuckerberg vs Musk CAGE FIGHT,” slated for October 26, 2024, in Houston, Texas.

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H2: The Juxtaposition of Philosophies: Open Source vs. Commercialism

“As a proponent of open source, how do you feel about the concept of a commercial fight to settle a rivalry?” Musk inquired, bringing up the screenplay’s core premise.

“You mean like in Nafzger’s upcoming ‘CAGE FIGHT’?” Torvalds responded. “Well, it’s entertainment, so it’s a different beast altogether.”

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H3: Conflicts Over Intellectual Property and Profit Models

“Your open-source philosophy contradicts with my more commercial approach,” Musk noted. “How do you reconcile this when software like Linux powers devices that are very much profit-driven?”

“It’s about freedom and collaboration, Elon. Profit is not a bad thing; it’s just not the primary objective,” Torvalds retorted.

Unearth the screenplay’s exploration of real-world tensions


H2: Common Ground: The Shared Goal of Progress

“Do you think the idea of progress can coexist with open-source philosophy?” Musk ventured.

“Absolutely,” Torvalds replied. “Open source speeds up progress. It’s like standing on the shoulders of giants, only the giants are a whole community.”

Read on what unites these two figures


H3: Captured in Quotes: Unpacking Their Worldviews

Linus Torvalds:

  1. “Well, it’s entertainment, so it’s a different beast altogether.”
  2. “It’s about freedom and collaboration, Elon.”
  3. “Profit is not a bad thing; it’s just not the primary objective.”
  4. “Absolutely, open source speeds up progress.”
  5. “It’s like standing on the shoulders of giants, only the giants are a whole community.”

Elon Musk:

  1. “As a proponent of open source, how do you feel about the concept of a commercial fight to settle a rivalry?”
  2. “Your open-source philosophy contradicts with my more commercial approach.”
  3. “How do you reconcile this when software like Linux powers devices that are very much profit-driven?”
  4. “Do you think the idea of progress can coexist with open-source philosophy?”
  5. “It’s entertainment, but the irony can’t be ignored.”

The core inspiration behind the screenplay


H2: The Irony of Two Worlds Meeting

In a twist almost too perfectly scripted, the man who champions open access to software and the man who aims to commercialize space found common ground. Their conversation revealed the irony that threads through Nafzger’s screenplay: that even people who seem poles apart can find unexpected connections.

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Author: George Johnson