"May I have the envelope, please? After watching the Emmy,
People's Choice, and Hip Hop award shows, I began to wonder why
someone didn't compile a list of the 10 most influential people in
the Linux community. So here it is -- Let me know what you
"First, the ground rules! I have left Linus Torvalds off the
list for a reason that seems obvious, he created this phenomenon
and without him, the OS wouldn't exist (at least in its present
"Second, this is in no way constitutes a ranking of these
individual's contributions. A programmer is no more or less
important than a CEO or a Linux journalist. What we are talking
about here are their contributions, whether an idea, a piece of
code, a commitment to the Linux philosophy, or a vision that may
have inspired others. These people have not been ranked according
to the commercial success or failure of their contributions, which
would be contrary to the Linux philosophy, anyway."
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