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the PUV Linus Torvalds
The PUV Linus Torvalds
Wow. That's cool.
Scott, I wonder if you were aware that, that dude is the dude for whom the Linux operating system is named.
Yup, he made that. Of course it's not really correct to say that the OS is wholly his anymore than it would be correct to give, say, James Cameron, sole credit for a movie he may have made. Many, many geeks put in digital blood, sweat, and tears on the project, and continue to do so to this day. In particular, the project probably never would have happened if GNU (lead guy Richard M. Stallman) had not already created a free/Open Source C Compiler (name "gcc").
You could also say that Linux is still not exactly a world dominating force, and you'd be sort of right. However, please bear in mind it's running all over the place these days. And basically that's all because some guy (named Linus) decided that he *really* wanted Unix on his 386 box, and recognized that the PC hardware finally had enough maturity to handle such an OS. And he started to build it... and he got all his friends and his friends' friends and his friends' friends' friends to help.
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