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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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3 TALKING TO TORVALDS

Linus Torvalds, September 2007

He hates cell phones, but thinks that acceptance of the open source concept is now taken for granted – in a good way. BCS managing editor Brian Runciman inter-viewed Linus Torvalds, software engineer, BCS Lovelace Medal winner and, most notably, initiator of the Linux kernel.

Let’s start by clearing this up: Lie-nux or Lynne-ux?

It is Lynne-ux, because I was working on Minix, it sounds similar.

Isn’t your name pronounced Lie-nus – like Linus from Peanuts?

I was partly named after him, but in Finland it’s pronounced Lee-nus anyway – so it doesn’t work that way either!

BCS is pursuing professionalism in IT. What are your thoughts on this?

Well, I’m self-taught. The Linux community itself has ...

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