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Linus Torvalds

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds

Profession: Software Engineer

Nationality:
United States of America
American
Finland
Finnish

Why Famous: Torvalds was the principal developer of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for the widely-used Linux operating system.

Linux also became the basis for the popular Android and Chrome OS operating systems.

Born: December 28, 1969
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Age: 51 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

Historical Events

  • 1991-08-25 Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system
  • 1992-07-14 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds release "Linux" soon afterwards

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