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Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer, known for his development of Linux. He became the chief architect of the Linux kernel, and is now the project’s coordinator. Born in Helsinki, Finland, on December 28, 1969, Linus Torvalds is the son of Anna and Nils Torvalds. He was named after Linus Pauling, who was one of the greatest chemists of all time. He had a happy childhood, despite his parents’ divorce, and lived with his mother and grandparents. It was in his early years that he began to enjoy computers. After his grandfather bought a computer, Torvalds became bored with the programs and began creating his own.
From 1988 to 1996 Torvalds attended the University of Helsinki and graduated with a master’s degree in computer science. After his first year of study he joined the Finnish army, which interrupted his studies. He spent 11 months in officer training to fulfill the madatory military service of Finland. He holds the rank of second lieutenant. He then resumed his studies in 1990. It was in 1987 that Torvalds bought his own personal computer. His search for a better computer system failed. Torvalds then decided to create his own operating system from scratch, thus the birth of Linux. Linux was based off of MINIX and UNIX. The name comes from what he called Linus’ MINIX. He planned to call it Freax which was a combination of free,freak and MINIX, but it kept it’s name Linux.

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