Does Father of Linux Favor Windows 7?

So how do you explain a picture of Linus Torvalds giving a thumbs up to Windows 7 in Japan?

The photo, posted by Chris to Picasa, offered this narrative: "Since Microsoft tried to torpedo the success of the Japan Linux Symposium by launching their Windows 7 product that same day right across the street, we decided to make some fun of Microsoft. We dragged Linus to their big promotion booth. One of the sales guys took only a minute to get Linus sold on it as you can see in the picture. At least that's what he thought. He obviously had no clue who he was talking to. But in the end Linus did not buy a copy..."

Linus seems genuinely happy about something in the picture ... what does he know that Microsoft doesn't know?

Photo: cschlaeger

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