The Millennium Technology Prize is the largest technology prize in the world and it is awarded once every two years by Technology Academy Finland. The Awarded is given for life-enhancing technological innovation. Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka won the Millennium Technology Prize, the prominent award for technological innovation for 2012.
Linux kernel is the most prominent examples of free and open source software. The Linux kernel has received contributions from thousands of programmers and companies around the world. This professional video from the Linux foundation provides a quick insight into Linux building procedure. This is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a volunteer-driven phenomenon.
Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, dislikes the GNOME desktop. There was a big flame war(s) between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community. At one point he claimed that – “Gnome seems to be developed by interface Nazis and that its developers believe their users are idiots“. And guess what? Who made the switch to Gnome?
A few weeks ago Linus Torvalds started his blog. Now, Guido van Rossum started to write a diary (blog). He is best known as the author of the Python programming language.
Linus is best known for Linux kernel and still active Kernel maintainer started blogging. So if you’re interested more about Linus and his life read Linus Torvalds’s blog here.
A report from the Linux Foundation details individual kernel contributions and suggests enterprise use is expanding. However there is elite group inside community. During the past three years, the top 10 individual developers have contributed nearly 15 per cent of the changes to the kernel, while the top 30 developers have submitted 30 per cent, the report states.
Al Viro, David S. Miller and Adrian Bunk authored most of the patches; Andrew Morton came in fifth. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is found far down on the list. Viro has contributed 1,571 changes to the kernel, which sits at the core of the Linux operating system, over the past three years.
According to Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation:
Never before in the history of computing have there been so many companies, users and developers united behind one project, specifically one that has seen so much commercial success.
Some interesting facts about Linux kernel
Who is Writing Linux?
- Every Linux kernel is being developed by nearly 1,000 developers working for more than 100 different corporations.
Who is Sponsoring Linux?
- More than 70 percent of total contributions to the kernel come from developers working at a range of companies including IBM, Intel, The Linux Foundation, MIPS Technology, MontaVista, Movial, NetApp, Novell and Red Hat.
How Fast is Linux Developed and Released?
- An average of 3,621 lines of code are added to the kernel tree every day, and a new kernel is released approximately every 2.7 months.
=> Linux Foundation Publishes Study on Linux Development Statistics: Who Writes Linux and Who Supports It
Don Reisinger wonders – if Linus Torvalds even speaking for Linux anymore:
Even though Linus Torvalds has always been known as a deity-like figure in the world of Linux, lately he has been quite outspoken about where he thinks his operating system is going and what its competitors are doing wrong.
Wired blog has published Linus Torvalds thoughts on why users aren’t flocking to Linux:
As always there’s a laundry list of things Torvalds doesn’t care about — Open Solaris and Sun, for instance — but his thoughts on the future of the Linux desktop are interesting, including this bit: “I have never, ever cared about really anything but the Linux desktop.”
You can read Linus Torvalds thoughts on the Linux desktop and its broader adoption here.