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
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


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