Time Europe: 60 Years of Heroes: Linus Torvalds
Nov 14, 2006, 14:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Gumbel)
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"Linus Torvalds was just 21 when he changed the world. Working
out of his family's apartment in Helsinki in 1991, he wrote the
kernel of a new computer operating system called Linux that he
posted for free on the Internet--and invited anyone interested to
help improve it.
"Today, 15 years later, Linux powers everything from
supercomputers to mobile phones around the world, and Torvalds has
achieved fame as the godfather of the open-source movement, in
which software code is shared and developed in a collaborative
effort rather than being kept locked up by a single owner..."