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Linux Top 5: Goodbye, Dennis Ritchie

Oct 19, 2011, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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Linux was built on the shoulders of giants. One of those giants was Dennis Ritchie, who passed away earlier this month. Ritchie is revered in the Linux community and throughout the programming world as the father of C. The impact that C has had on the modern world of IT is inestimable and simply put, it is at the root of most modern computing.

Ritchie's contribution to the founding of Unix is also a monumental achievement.

"Unix and C's direct and spiritual descendants cannot be counted but include Linux, Android, Mac OS, iOS, JavaScript, C++, the genius of the internet, and a planet of developers," Tim Burke, vice president Linux engineering at Red Hat, wrote in a blog post. "The major impact of UNIX is not so much in the elegant code itself but rather in the culture of sharing work across industry and academia that became UNIX's hallmark."

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