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Title: Linus Torvalds


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Linus Torvalds
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Linus Family Man
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  • Born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki. Finland
  • Part of 6 Swedish speaking minority
  • Has three daughters, Patricia, Daniela,
    Celeste, and wife, Tove.

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Mr. and Mrs. Torvalds
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  • Campus radicals at
  • University of Helsinki in 1960s
  • Father is communist, studied in Moscow for a year

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He likes Computers
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  • Studied at University of Helsinki in 1988
  • Used University computers
  • running Unix operating system
  • Used Minix, a Unix imitator, at home
  • Wanted fully functional Unix on home PC

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An Idea
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  • At age 21, after one C programming class, he
    wrote his own version of Minix, Linux (Linus
    Minix)
  • Originally called it Freax (free freak x)
  • Friend renamed it back to Linux on web server

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The Birth of Linux
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  • Made Linux available for free on the internet in
    1991
  • Caught the attention of Minix users

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Modern Linux
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  • Many say it has become a major competitor to
    Microsoft Windows
  • Newest Kernel (core) version is 2.6.4, released
    on 3/11/04
  • Various Distributions, or flavors, of Linux

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Current Status
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  • In 1997, he took a job with Transmeta, a
    chipmaker in California, writing software for
    them
  • Now works for Open Source Development Lab, from
    home, testing and developing Linux

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Linus Quotes
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  • Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really
    crappy operating systems.
  • Software is like sex it's better when it's
    free.
  • The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of
    danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes,
    that's it.
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