Linus Benedict Torvalds

IRL Name: 
Linus Benedict Torvalds

Linus Benedict Torvalds pronunciation (born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish software engineer best known for initiating the development of the Linux kernel. Initially Torvalds wanted to call the kernel he developed Freax (a combination of "free", "freak", and the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like system), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who administered the FTP server where the kernel was first hosted for downloading, named Torvalds' directory linux.

About 2% of the current Linux kernel is written by Torvalds himself. Since Linux has had thousands of contributors, such a percentage represents a significant personal contribution to the overall amount of code. Torvalds remains the ultimate authority on what new code is incorporated into the standard Linux kernel.

Some say he is not really a hacker...


His most epic line is "NVIDIA, Fuck You!"

He hates C++ and Java

He thinks that the OpenBSD crowd is a bunch of masturbating monkeys.

He claims that the Slashdot people usually are smelly and eat their boogers, and have an IQ slightly lower than her daughter’s pet hamster


Married a six-time Finnish National Karate Champion for protection