His parents Nils and Ana Torvalds were journalists. He studied computer science at the University of Helsinki from to He reached the position of Second Lieutenant and returned to the University to complete his studies. Linux Operating System Linus Torvalds bought his first computer but was not satisfied with the Windows operating system.
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He comes from a family of journalists. His father Nils Torvalds is a Finnish politician and perhaps president candidate in the next elections. Since this is an unusual surname, there are hardly 30 Torvalds in the world and they are all relatives, claims Linus Torvalds in his biography. A young Linus Torvalds with his journalist sister Sara Torvalds 3. This is when he discovered his love for computers and programming.
He held the rank of Second Lieutenant. So he decided to make his own clone of UNIX, from scratch. Linus thought that the name Linux was too egotistical.
And thus the name Linux continued. He married his student In , when he was teaching at the University of Helsinki, he gave the task of composing email as homework to the students.
A female student named Tove Monni completed the task by sending him an email asking him out on a date. Shall I say he started the internet dating trend? Hmm… Nah! Linus has an asteroid named after him He has numerous awards to his honor, including an asteroid named Torvalds. Linus had to battle for the trademark of Linux Linux is a trademark registered with Linus Torvalds.
Della Croce, Jr. Torvalds sued him in return and in , the case was settled. Linus refused the lucrative and continued to work on Linux kernel. But he has also created Git , a version control system that is extensively used in software development worldwide. Till , then proprietary service BitKeeper was used for the kernel development. Linus hardly codes these days Though Linus works full time on Linux Kernel, he hardly writes any code for it anymore. In fact, most of the code in the Linux Kernel is by the contributors from around the world.
He ensures that things go fine in each release with the help of kernel maintainers. He has been vocal about it. Even Linus Torvalds found Linux difficult to install you can feel good about yourself now A few years ago, Linus told that he found Debian difficult to install.
He is known to be using Fedora on his main workstation. He loves scuba diving Linus Torvalds loves scuba diving. He even created Subsurface , a dive-log software for scuba divers. Linus Torvalds in Scuba Gear. Circa The foul-mouthed Torvalds has improved his behavior Torvalds is known for using mild expletives in Linux Kernel mailing list.
This has been criticized by some in the industry. In , Torvalds took a break from Linux kernel development to improve his behavior. This was done just before he signed the controversial code of conduct for Linux kernel developers. And when he does, he prefers to sit down and get interviewed by the host. This is his favorite way of doing a public talk.
Not a social media buff Google Plus is the only social media platform he used. He even spent some time reviewing gadgets there in his free time. Google Plus is now discontinued so he has no other social media accounts.
He became a US citizen in At present, he works full time on the Linux kernel under the Linux Foundation. A popular question is how does Linus Torvalds make money if Linux is free. Linus Torvalds is employed with the Linux Foundation and his full time job is to oversee the important code changes being made to Linux kernel. Which also means that Linus Torvalds net worth is in millions.
He is a millionaire but if he had put a price tag on Linux or Git, he could even be a billionaire like Microsoft founder Bill Gates. If you are interested to learn more about the early life of Linus Torvalds, I recommend reading his biography titled Just for Fun.
Linus Torvalds Biography,Career,Quotes,Net Worth and Wife
See Article History Linus Torvalds, born December 28, , Helsinki , Finland , Finnish computer scientist who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux operating system. In , while a computer science student at the University of Helsinki M. Months of determined programming work yielded the beginnings of an operating system known as Linux. In he posted a message on the Internet to alert other PC users to his new system, made the software available for free downloading, and, as was a common practice among software developers at the time, he released the source code, which meant that anyone with knowledge of computer programming could modify Linux to suit their own purposes. Because of their access to the source code, many programmers helped Torvalds retool and refine the software, and by Linux kernel original code version 1. However, Linux evolved into a remarkably reliable, efficient system that rarely crashed.
20 Facts About Linus Torvalds, the Creator of Linux and Git
He is also the creator of the distributed version control system Git and the diving logging and planning software Subsurface. Both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the s. His family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority. 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.