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Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Software |

Linus Torvalds received the highest award in the world of technology

Linus Torvalds received the highest award in the world of technology

Once every two years, the president of and the Finnish Academy of Technology delivered the Prize Millennium Technology Prize, which seeks to recognize those who have made great technological innovations worldwide, being the most important distinction that anyone can ever have in this matter.

And in its 2012 version, Linus Torvalds shared the prize with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka , the first recognized for his contribution to the world of software and the Internet generally, and the second for research on stem cells, each taking a prize money of USD $ 752,000.

For those who do not know, in 1991 Torvalds created the kernel, essential code that connects the hardware of a computer with its functions via software, so that different operating systems based on it to run, for example, Ubuntu, Mac Android and OS X, just to name a few.

But besides the importance of this work, Torvalds wanted to recognize from the outset to make Linux an open source project, which according to Dr. Ainomaija Haarla, Chairman of Technology Academy Finland, “is a work that has kept the open web in search of knowledge and benefit to mankind – not just by financial interests. “

Link: Linux creator Linus Torvalds shares Millennium Technology Prize (BBC News)

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