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Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize 91

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the stems-cells-kernels-same-thing-right dept.
Karrde712 writes "In a first for the Millennium Technology Prize, both Laureates were awarded the prize. Linus Torvalds was recognized for the creation of the Linux kernel and its continuing impact on enhancing scientific progress throughout the world. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka was recognized for his work in the development of induced pluripotent stem cells for medical research." New submitter Elessar wrote in about the BBC's related interview with Linus "... touching on many subjects including Linux on the desktop, Raspberry Pi, and the weirdness of his employment contract." (He did another one with Linux.com earlier this week too).
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Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize

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  • Congrats! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kvvbassboy (2010962) on Wednesday June 13, 2012 @10:53AM (#40309047)

    That's awesome, Linus! Congrats, you really deserve it for revolutionizing software development twice in the last two decades.

  • Re:So sick of this.. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Millennium (2451) on Wednesday June 13, 2012 @11:50AM (#40309791) Homepage

    The thing with this is that RMS didn't invent Linux. He, among others, developed a set of tools that can be run on a number of Unix-like kernels, including Linux, but Linux itself is Linus' baby. The GNU toolset actually predates Linux itself.

    A surprising number of Linux systems don't run the GNU toolset at all. When you count Busybox and similar minimalist toolsets (which are GPL-licensed but not maintained by GNU, at this point in time there might even be more Linux/not-GNU devices than there are GNU/Linux devices.

There's got to be more to life than compile-and-go.

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