Linus Torvalds Shares His Tips On Working Remotely
Linus Torvalds tells ZDNet what he’s learned about working remotely:
Torvalds admits that when he started, "I worried about missing human interaction — not just talking to people in the office and hallways, but going out to lunch etc. It turns out I never really missed it." Of course, just saying "’don’t be social’ isn’t much of a great tip, is it?" Nor, as many extroverts are now finding out, is working from home necessarily at all comfortable. So, Torvalds suggests that you take "advantage of the ‘real’ upside of working from home: flexibility… Torvalds says, "if you make your new life a ‘9-5, but from home’ kind of thing, I think you’re just going to hate your home, yourself and your life. All the downsides, none of the upsides…." He believes that instead of using "video conferencing instead to recreate exactly what we used to do before, you should" try to really change how you work. Use asynchronous communication models: messaging, email, shared calendars, whatever.
Torvalds also recommends carefully tracking the things that you need to do, but argues that if you’re spending hours in online meetings from home instead of hours in real-world meetings, "you’ve just taken the worst part of office life, and brought it home, and made it even worse…" And the article also includes some tips from James Bottomley, an IBM Research Distinguished Engineer and senior Linux kernel developer who works closely with Torvald. For videoconferencing Bottomley uses NextCloud Talk and Zoom, which he calls a "horrible proprietary app" — but notes that it does have binaries for every Linux distro.
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March 21, 2020 at 03:41PM