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Linus
Linus Torvalds: Biography
Nationality:
Finnish
Date of Birth: December 28th, 1969
Claim to fame:

The author of the original Linux kernel. Linus has been since June 2003 a full time employee of OSDL working exclusively on the kernel.

Although Linus initially called the kernel 'Freax' he was persuaded to change the name by a colleague.

One of the most heated debates is whether the operating system should be called GNU/Linux or just Linux. It's important to remember that Linus contribution rests with the kernel, a significant proportion of the applications that ship with a standard Linux distribution are written and maintained by GNU.

Linus' first announcement of his plan was announced to USENET back in 1991, which is now part of folklore:

From: torva...@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Keywords: 386, preferences
Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki
Lines: 20


Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus (torva...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.

Significant Awards:

1998 VA Research granted its Excellence in Open Source Software Award
1997 Nokia Foundation Award


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