January 20, 2001

Reader's Digest European of the Year: Linus

Author: JT Smith

From Readersdigest.co.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 habitually ate. 'I'm doing a (free)
operating system (just a hobby, won't be big
and professional)...I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike...'
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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