Linux Creator and Linux Foundation Fellow Linus Torvalds is a Millennium Technology Prize laureate

Linus Torvalds created Linux in 1991. Since then it has become the world’s most ubiquitous operating system (OS): it powers the popular Android phones and eight out of 10 financial trades; it runs Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major web networks. It is the dominant OS for supercomputers, supporting nine of 10 of these major systems, and is the preferable platform for cloud computing.

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