Linus Torvalds

Finnish-American software engineer and hacker

Linus Benedict Torvalds (/ˈlnəs ˈtɔːrvɔːldz/ LEE-nəs TOR-vawldz,[1] Swedish pronunciation: [ˈliːnʉs ˈtuːrvɑlds] (audio speaker iconlisten); born 28 December 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer.

Linus Torvalds

His parents named him after Linus Pauling. He studied at the University of Helsinki from 1988 to 1996. He became famous because of the success of his operating system, Linux. He started making this system as a student project in 1991. He based it on the popular UNIX operating system. Today, Linux has become the most popular free operating system.

Linus is the leader of the Linux project, which has many members around the world. He is the one person who can make decisions about changes or future development on the operating system. He also made the version control system Git. He now lives with his family in the United States.

Linus chose the penguin to be the logo of Linux. A picture of a penguin called Tux appears on many desktop computers that run Linux.

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