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ShowMeLinux.com: Top 10 most influential people in the Linux community

Oct 03, 2000, 16:59 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Omand)

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"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 think."

"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 form)."

"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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