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Linus being named as laureate 2012

The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds has been chosen for the Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy of Finland.

Linus created Linux as a hobby project in 1991 and shared it for free over the FUNET network to enable development by others. The kernel soon caught interest and people started to pool in for its development. In 1992 the kernel was released under the GNU/GPL and it has not looked backed from then on.

Today people across the globe participate in developing the kernel.Linux has always been the operating system of choice for servers and high security systems.

The same Linux kernel is also the core of the famous mobile Operating system "android".

Android, which has a wide install base on smart phones and tablets, has taken Linux to the next level in its usefulness and popularity.

Recognizing the huge contribution that android and hence Linux has had in improving the society and life of the people, the Technology Academy of Finland has nominated Linus Trovalds for the award.

He will be receiving the award on June 13 2012.

Source : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57418602-92/torvalds-receives-2012-millennium-technology-prize/

History of Linux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Linux

Autobiography of Linus Torvalds: Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary


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