In the lead, Linus Torvalds …

9 News:- Sys-Con’s search for the Top Twenty Top software people in the world is nearing completion with Linus Torvalds, “ ‘Benevolent dictator’ of the Linux kernel,†in the lead so far.

Behind him in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place order are Alan Turing, “Mathematician; author of the 1950 paper ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’,” Richard Stallman, “Free software movement’s leading figure; founder of the GNU Project, Dennis Ritchie, “Creator of C and Coinventor of Unix†and, Tim Berners-Lee, ” ‘Father of the World Wide Web’ and expectant father of the Semantic Webâ€.