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April 23, 2012

Linus Torvalds Receives 2012 Millennium Technology Award

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds, a Finnish American from Helsinki, Finland, has been declared one of two winners (together with Shinya Yamanaka) of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize in the technology field.

Torvald was recognized for his life-enhancing technological innovation of the free operating system (OS) kernel, which has made an impact on shared software development, networking and the openness of the Web. The recipient has been honored with the largest technology prize in the world – awarded every two years by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) since 2002 – for innovations demystifying technology that provides people knowledge that can improve the quality of human life, if not steer the course of technological developments.

Linus Torvalds released Linux in 1991. His Unix-like computer operating system was designed specifically for desktop and server use, and was intended to run on mainframe computers and supercomputers. The system sparked the new era of free computing.

Torvalds’ Linux kernel is not only an open source program for enterprise-class machines, but a premier operating system on mobile devices and home network routers/switches.

Linux is used by programmers and companies around the world, and is by far the most widely used operating system to date among companies like IBM and Oracle which use Linux as part of a total corporate solution. IBM runs SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP (News - Alert) Applications in physical, virtual and cloud environments, and uses the Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) to run the Oracle DBMS.

Linux has been the world's most dominant OS for supercomputers, according to MarketWatch. The machine is the most commonly used OS for network servers, and the preferable platform for cloud computing.

Linux is also the most popular OS for Android phones and major web networks, including Amazon, Facebook (News - Alert), Google and Twitter.

Linus Torvalds and Shinya Yamanaka will be recognized by TAF for their technical achievements and awarded the prize in a special ceremony, taking place June 13, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

Those who seek more Linux news can visit “The Linux Foundation” online, a site supporting the work and growth of Linux creator, Linus Torvalds.

Edited by Braden Becker

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