Linus, Linux and the Millennium Technology Prize

It doesn’t happen often here in the Linux blogosphere that FOSS fans agree unanimously on — well, on pretty much anything.

Truth be told, there’s generally good reason for the dissension. Take Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) latest maneuvers, for example — are they good news? Bad news? It’s not always easy to tell.

Last week, however, one of those rare announcements was made that brought universal joy to Linux aficionados around the globe. It was, of course, the news that none other than our own Linus Torvalds — a hero to us all — has been named a laureate for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize.

‘A Great Impact’

“The free availability of Linux on the Web swiftly caused a chain-reaction leading to further development and fine-tuning worth the equivalent of 73,000 man-years,” wrote Technology Academy Finland, which determines the award, in an explanation of its choice.

“Today millions use computers, smartphones and digital video recorders like Tivo run on Linux,” the academy added.

“Linus Torvalds’ achievements have had a great impact on shared software development, networking, and the openness of the Web, making it accessible for millions, if not billions,” it concluded.

‘A Wonderful Recognition’

There’s been dancing in the streets of the Linux blogosphere ever since word arrived, and so far the party has shown no sign of slowing down.

Linux Girl — who prides herself on having interviewed the man himself not so very long ago — was right there in the middle of it all, Quick Quotes Quill at the ready.

“I think this is a wonderful recognition of Linus, the operating system he created, and the open source model in general,” Google+ blogger Linux Rants told Linux Girl.  Read More


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Posted on April 23, 2012, in #breaking news, #programming, #technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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