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He also created the distributed version control system Git and the scuba dive logging and planning software Subsurface. He was honoured, along with Shinya Yamanaka , with the Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland "in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel. Torvalds was born in Helsinki , Finland, on 28 December His parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the s. His family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.

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Linus Torvalds , born December 28, , Helsinki , Finland , Finnish computer scientist who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux operating system. In , while a computer science student at the University of Helsinki M. Months of determined programming work yielded the beginnings of an operating system known as Linux.

In he posted a message on the Internet to alert other PC users to his new system, made the software available for free downloading, and, as was a common practice among software developers at the time, he released the source code, which meant that anyone with knowledge of computer programming could modify Linux to suit their own purposes.

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. However, Linux evolved into a remarkably reliable, efficient system that rarely crashed. Linux became popular in the late s when competitors of Microsoft began taking the upstart OS seriously. Netscape Communications Corp. In addition to Linux being free, its source code can be viewed and freely modified by anyone, unlike a proprietary OS.

This means that different language versions can be developed and deployed in markets that would be too small for the traditional companies. Also, many organizations and governments have expressed security reservations about using any kind of computer software that contains code that cannot be viewed.

For all of the above reasons, localized versions of Linux have become common in China and many other non-Western countries. In Torvalds took a position with Transmeta Corp. Linus Torvalds. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Home Science Mathematics.

See Article History. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: open source: Linux. Beginning about , Linus Torvalds , a Finnish computer science student, started his own open-source program to develop a UNIX-like kernel, which his project eventually named Linux.

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Linus Torvalds

Brief: Some known, some lesser known — here are 20 facts about the Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel. Linus Torvalds , a Finnish student, developed a Unix-like operating system while he was doing his masters in the year This article is not about Linux. I learned a number of things about Torvalds by reading his biography Just for Fun.

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20 Facts About Linus Torvalds, the Creator of Linux and Git

Linus Torvalds is the world's most famous computer programmer and also its most famous Finn. He is the founder and coordinator of Linux , the Unix-like operating system that is beginning to revolutionize the computer industry and possibly much else as well. His is truly one of the great tales in the history of the computers. Linus Benedict Torvalds was born on December 28, in Helsinki, the capital and largest city in Finland. He was named after Linus Pauling, the famous physical chemist and Nobel Prize winner.

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Linus Torvalds , born December 28, , Helsinki , Finland , Finnish computer scientist who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux operating system. In , while a computer science student at the University of Helsinki M. Months of determined programming work yielded the beginnings of an operating system known as Linux. In he posted a message on the Internet to alert other PC users to his new system, made the software available for free downloading, and, as was a common practice among software developers at the time, he released the source code, which meant that anyone with knowledge of computer programming could modify Linux to suit their own purposes. 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. However, Linux evolved into a remarkably reliable, efficient system that rarely crashed.

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