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Fortune: People to Watch: Linus Torvalds

Dec 27, 1999, 17:33 (1 Talkback[s])

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"With the spectacular IPOs of Red Hat and VA Linux in 1999, the Linux operating system cobbled together by Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds and countless hackers went from a vaguely anticapitalist crusade to big business..."

"Torvalds himself has been sitting out the Linux IPO frenzy. He does own some stock--gifts from grateful CEOs--but he's on to other things, see. He works free for a Silicon Valley chip-design startup called Transmeta."

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