I agree with him!
I so enjoy this guy. I also love how he has zero time for touchy developers who get offended by his straight talk.
>Torvalds said he subscribes to the view that successful projects are 99 per cent perspiration, and one per cent innovation.
No point just some comments.
True innovation might be rare but the problem is that not every software project is open source where you can freely copy, paste, and modify existing code to suit your immediate needs. There has always been a lot of duplication of effort (that could be defined as re-discovered innovation) going on for various reasons.
Torvalds appears to be primarily talking about Greenfield Development that is going on in the Tech Industry (i.e. companies that make and sell software products/services).
Keep in mind that he has been in charge of a VERY long running software development effort. Although Linux is probably always evolving the project has been in maintenance mode for most of that time period. I have no clue what the situation truly is, but he may have borrowed many ideas from other operating systems during the early years.