December 28, 2000

Linus Torvalds is named European of the year

Author: JT Smith

Reader's Digest UK: "In the middle of the night, a scruffy
21-year-old sat in a darkened room at
his mother's house in Helsinki, Finland,
tapping out a message on his computer
keyboard. "Hello everybody out there,"
he typed, sipping tea and nibbling the
dry pasta he habit-ually ate. "I'm doing
a (free) operating system (just a hobby,
won't be big and professional)â¦I'd like
any feedback on things people
like/dislikeâ¦"
The young man's name was Linus
Torvalds. And what he sent out to the world on that August
night in 1991 has transformed the whole landscape of computer
use."

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