Biography. Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel and oversaw open source development of the widely-used Linux operating ds was born on. Linus Torvalds Biography – Linus Torvalds invented “Linux” Linus Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer who developed the Linux operating system. Linus Torvalds is the software engineer who created the Linux kernel operating system. Read this biography to learn more about his childhood.

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He then moved to the Open Source Development Labswhich has since merged with the Free Standards Group to become the Linux Foundationunder whose auspices he continues to work. I want to be nice, and curse less, but it’s just not in me”.

He even has an asteroid and an asteroid moon named after him. Retrieved February 15, Meanwhile, Torvalds had taken a position with Transmeta Corp. The Linux Information Project. Contact our editors with your feedback. Linus thought that the name Linux was too egotistical. InTorvalds stated that he used the Fedora distribution of Linux because it had fairly good support for the PowerPC processor architecture, which he had favored at the time.

Despite the relentless successes of Linux and the great popularity of Torvalds, his activities were not entirely without controversy, even within the free software community.

However, Linux evolved into a remarkably reliable, efficient system that rarely crashed. Corporate Acceptance of Linux Linux got another big boost in the late s when competitors of Microsoft began taking it seriously.

Internet URLs are the best. From tohe was involved in 86open helping to choose the standard binary format for Linux and Unix. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.


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Despite his parents’ background, Torvalds is not opposed to capitalism. Yorvalds personal mascot is a penguin nicknamed Tux torvakds, [30] which has been widely adopted by the Linux community as the mascot of the Linux kernel. He is the grandson of the Finnish-Swedish journalist and poet, Ole Torvalds. Linus moved to the US in and settled there with his wife Tove and three daughters. However, he makes the final decisions regarding which of the many proposed modifications and additions will be incorporated into it.

Because its volunteer developers prided themselves on the quality of their work, however, Linux evolved into a remarkably reliable, efficient system that rarely crashed. Inhe was inducted into the Hall of Fellows of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California”for the creation of the Linux kernel and biograpphy management of open source development of the widely used Linux operating system.

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Both of his parents were linuus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the s. Archived from the original on October 24, Linus Benedict Torvalds was born on December 28, in Helsinki, the capital and largest city in Finland.

Moreover, he now had a growing family to support. This interrupted his studies.

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Linux soon had a following of enthusiastic supporters who, because they had access to the source code, were able to help Torvalds retool and refine the software. Linus developed an interest in scuba diving in the early s and went on to achieve numerous certifications, which later led to him creating the Subsurface project.

Not only was it an opportunity for a change and to experience a much improved climate from the long, cold and dark Finnish wintersbut Silicon Valley was the ultimate destination for almost everyone in the computer field, even him. This was a major attraction for many hard core computer programmers and Linus began to have a cult like following of devoted programming enthusiasts. Policies Affiliate Policy Privacy Policy. His criteria for adding code are that it be 1 of high quality and clean2 easy to maintain and 3 beneficial to a wide range of users rather than to just a single corporate user or to any other narrow agenda.


It had an estimated 7 million users bya number which has steadily increased since then. Please log in again. So he decided to make his own clone of UNIX, from scratch. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Only about two percent of the current Linux kernel has actually been written by Torvalds himself, which is quite understandable given its great size and complexity e.

Initially, Torvalds wanted to call the kernel he developed Freax a combination of “free”, “freak”, and the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like systembut his friend Ari Lemmkewho administered the FTP server where the kernel was first hosted for download, named Torvalds’s directory linux. For Torvalds, however, the decision was not difficult. This is when he discovered his love for computers and programming. Torvalds had a fairly conventional and happy childhood despite the fact that his parents were divorced when he was very young.

Because of their access to the source code, many programmers helped Torvalds retool and refine the software, and by Linux kernel original code version 1. This has been criticized by some in the industry. Linux Linux kernel features Portal: