Unless you’re wearing blinkers all the time, you’ve heard of the open source operating system Linux.
Some of the best known sites in the world like Google SI run on Linux.
If you’re familiar with Linux, chances are high that you might have heard of Linus Torvalds too.
Linus is the original creator of Linux and now a powerful force in the development of the operating system (core underlying software of a computer).
Wired has a nice piece on Linus.
Here’s an excerpt:
Torvalds has never met Bill Gates, but around 2000, when he was still working at Transmeta, he met Steve Jobs. Jobs invited him to Apple’s Cupertino campus and tried to hire him. “Unix for the biggest user base: that was the pitch,” says Torvalds. The condition: He’d have to drop Linux development. “He wanted me to work at Apple doing non-Linux things,” he said. That was a non-starter for Torvalds. Besides, he hated Mac OS’s Mach kernel.
“I said no,” Torvalds remembers.
Read Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3) at Wired.