Linus Torvalds was born in Helsinki, Finland. He is the son of journalists Anna and Nils Torvalds, and the grandson of statistician Leo Törnqvist and of poet Ole Torvalds. Both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the 1960s. His family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority.
Linus Torvalds is considered one of the greatest living programmers, and for good reason, having written some of the most widely used software, such as the Linux kernel and the Git revision control system. He’s also known for not being shy about sharing his opinions on things that he doesn’t like through colorful and sometimes NSFW language. Sometimes, he’ll direct his sharp tongue at people who, in his opinion, do substandard work or companies and organizations with which he may have a disagreement or be in competition.
2. Personal life:
Linus Torvalds is married to Tove Torvalds (née Monni).Linus was running introductory computer laboratory exercises for students and instructed the course attendees to send him an e-mail as a test, to which Tove responded with an e-mail asking for a date.Tove and Linus were later married and have three daughters, Patricia Miranda (born 1996), Daniela Yolanda (born 1998), and Celeste Amanda (born 2000), two of whom were born in the United States. The Linux kernel’s reboot system call accepts their dates of birth (written in hexadecimal) as magic values.
In 2010, he became a citizen of the United States of America.
3. Study of linus torvalds:
Between 1988 and 1996, he studied at the University of Helsinki, from where he obtained a master’s degree in computer science. He belonged to the NODES research group.
During his period of study, he became a part of the Finnish Army and attended an eleven month training programme in order to meet the compulsory military service criteria of Finland. This interrupted his studies.
4. Linus Torvalds and Linux OS:
- In 1991, he purchased the Intel 80386-based IBM PC and obtained a MINIX operating system. With this, he began to work and research on the Linux operating system. EDIT
- In 1996, he went on a visit to the technology firm, ‘Transmeta’, where he began to work from the following year. He later worked for the Open Source Development Labs.
- From 1997 to 1999, he worked on the ’86 open’ project, which is a binary file format for the ‘Unix’ and Unix-like operating systems. They were to be used on a common x86 PC.
- In 1999, he was offered stock options for his creation by the companies, Red Hat and VA Linux.
5. Linus Torvalds and GIT:
In June 2004, along with his family, he relocated to Beaverton, Oregon, where Open Source Development Labs was headquartered. The following year, he developed the software, ‘Git’.
6. Awards & Achievements:
- In 1998, he was a recipient of the EFF Pioneer Award. EDIT
- In 1999, he was given the title of ‘one of the top 100 innovators, under the age of 35, in the world’ by MIT Technology Review TR100. EDIT
- In 2000, he was the recipient of the Lovelace Medal, which was conferred by the British Computer Society. EDIT
- In 2001, along with Richard Stallman and Ken Sakamura, he shared the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Well-Being. EDIT
- In 2005, he was given the Vollum Award from Reed College. EDIT
- In 2008, he became an inductee into the Hall of Fellows of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. EDIT
- In 2010, he was awarded the C&C Prize by the NEC Corporation. EDIT
- In 2012, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. EDIT
- In 2012, he was one of the recipients of the Millennium Technology Prize.
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