"If you meet Linus Torvalds, he comes off as a mild-mannered,
down-to-earth Finnish-American. He lives with his wife Tove, three
kids, a cat, a dog, a snake, a goldfish, a bunny and a pet rat in a
comfortable 6,000 square foot home just north of Portland?s tony
Lake Oswego neighborhood. The house is yellow ? his favorite color
? and so's the Mercedes.
But he's not really like any of his neighbors. He drives his
Mercedes fast, slamming the car into gear and flooring it. There?s
no coaxing, no hesitation. Either the hammer is down, or the car is
at rest. And he has an abnormal number of stuffed penguins on his
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