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The mind behind Linux | Linus Torvalds


The mind behind Linux | Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer, Torvalds says. I'm perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds ... but I'm looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that's right in front of me before I fall in.

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My First Line of Code: Linus Torvalds

June 16 -- Linus Torvalds, who is known for developing the Linux kernel, talks to Bloomberg about his first line of code.

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1. Get the work done
2. Do not let go
3. Have passion
4. Start small
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6. Embrace your uniqueness
7. Find your motivation
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9. Create for yourself
10. Optimize your working environment
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✎ His interest in computers began with a Commodore VIC-20, at the age of 11. The first prototypes of Linux were publicly released in 1991. In 1999, he was named by the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the world's top 100 innovators under age 35. His personal mascot is a penguin nicknamed Tux, which has been widely adopted as the mascot of the Linux kernel. Currently, the Linux Foundation sponsors Torvalds so he can work full-time on improving Linux. He retains the highest authority to decide which new code is incorporated into the standard Linux kernel. He was honored with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland. He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the revolutionary heroes of the past 60 years. Torvalds holds the Linux trademark and monitors the use of it.

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What the Tech Industry Has Learned from Linus Torvalds: Jim Zemlin at TEDxConcordiaUPortland

Zemlin's career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. As executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate the adoption of Linux and support the future of computing. Zemlin works with the world's largest technology companies to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices.

Zemlin has been recognized as a top Linux and open source blogger and is widely quoted in the press on Linux and the changing economics of the technology industry. Zemlin also advises a variety of startups, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.

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Tech Talk: Linus Torvalds on git

Linus Torvalds visits Google to share his thoughts on git, the source control management system he created two years ago.

Linus Torvalds Guided Tour of His Home Office

Habe gerade dieses Video im Netz gefunden. Wie schaut es denn bei euch auf eurem Schreibtisch aus? So wie beim Herr Torvald? Mal ganz interessant zu sehen wie ich finde.

Linus Torvalds Nothing better than C

Creator of Linux Linus Torvalds explains why there no language he knows of that's better than C for writing optimized code.


Why Linux is developed in public: Linus Torvalds

In this clip, when we asked if Torvalds would prefer a private mailing list where the community can discuss things candidly without worrying about bloggers sensationalizing things, he said no.

Linus Torvalds: Steve Jobs Was Exceptional CEO

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Linus Torvalds has no problem with Microsoft

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Keynote: Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux & Git, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel

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Keynote: Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux & Git, in conversation with Dirk Hohndel

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Aalto Talk with Linus Torvalds [Full-length]

Aalto Talk with Linus Torvalds, hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) in Otaniemi on June 14, 2012. Linus was interviewed by Will Cardwell and followed with a Q&A session with the audience. Enjoy!

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Keynote: Dirk Hohndel in a Conversation with Linus Torvalds

Keynote: Dirk Hohndel, VP & Chief Open Source Officer, VMware in a Conversation with Linux and Git Creator Linus Torvalds 

About Dirk Hohndel
Dirk is VMware’s Chief Open Source Officer, leading the company’s open source efforts and strategy and driving common values and processes across the company for VMware’s interaction with the open source communities. Before joining VMware, Dirk spent almost 15 years as Intel’s Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, guiding Intel’s engagements in open source. Before that, among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and Unix Architect of Deutsche Bank. Dirk has been an active developer and contributor in Linux and open source since the early 1990s. He was one of the early Linux kernel developers and has contributed to several dozen open source projects over the years. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR.

About Linus Torvalds
Linus was born on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He enrolled at the University of Helsinki in 1988, graduating with a master's degree in computer science. His M.Sc. thesis was titled “Linux: A Portable Operating System” and was the genesis for what would become the most important collaborative software project in history.In August 1991, Linus announced that he was developing the Linux kernel, proclaiming, “it won’t be big and professional.” Never in the history of technology has someone been so wrong. In spite of his humble proclamation, Linux has become the world’s most pervasive operating system. Today the Linux kernel forms the basis of the Linux operating system and powers billions of Android devices, powers ChromeOS, and has permeated almost every industry and form factor. Smartphones, TVs, appliances, cars, nuclear submarines, air traffic control, stock exchanges, and scientific research all run Linux. Linux also provides the underpinnings of the internet and the cloud computing industry.In 2005, citing a lack of free and open source version control tools that met his needs for performance and scale, Linus famously created Git in only 10 days. Today Git is widely used in software development and for other version-control tasks such as configuration management, and has become popular as an integral part of the DevOps culture.In 2000, Linus was listed by Time Magazine as Number 17 in the Time 100: Most Important People of the Century. Again, in 2004, Time Magazine named him one of the Most Influential People in the world. He was honored in 2008 with the Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland, “in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel.” He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. A true tech titan, he was admitted to the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows, joining the ranks of the tech elite including Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Gordon Moore, Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Steve Wozniak, and others.Torvalds remains the ultimate authority on what new code is incorporated into the standard Linux kernel.

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Steve Jobs, Bill Gates...these are often the names people think of when they think of Technology. Both of these visionaries and their companies Apple and Microsoft have brought us to where we are today. But there is another Tech Founder whose impact will be bigger than both: Linux Founder Linus Torvalds. And in this TED Talk he did in 2016, we get more insight into the mind of this unique Penguin.

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How Linux is Built

While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report Who Writes Linux, this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon. More information about Linux and The Linux Foundation can be found at and

The Origins of Linux—Linus Torvalds

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Linus Torvalds, the creator of the operating system phenomenon Linux, tells the story of how he went from writing code as a graduate student in Helsinki in the early 1990s to becoming an icon for open source software by the end of the decade.

Linus Torvalds: How do you feel about your influence?

Aalto Talk with Linus Torvalds, hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi on June 14, 2012. Linus was interviewed by Will Cardwell, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Enjoy!

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