Technology Academy Finland, announced the winners of The millennium Technology Prize yesterday. The award goes to Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (director of Center for iPS Cell Research)and Linus Torvalds (the creator of Linux Kernel). This is World’s largest technology award distributed once in every two years for the technology innovations which can be categorized as life- enhancing. The prize amount will be greater than EUR 1 million.
WHY LINUS TORVALDS
He was nominated for the award for his wonderful creation ‘Linux Kernel’- the great Operating System kernel that changed the narrow approach of the world towards computers and software. And Linux was a key factor in the growth of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software).
That was in 1991, In that time Linux was considered as something useless and meant only for techies. But the time proved that it was not a waste. Now After 20 years most of the servers on internet is running with Operating Systems based on Linux kernel. The Giant companies like Facebook, Google Amazon are powered by Linux and other Open source software. If you want to read more about FOSS and Linux read the following articles (links).
- The world of Freedom : About Free and Open Source Software
- The back bone of Open source : Linux story