He's a hero to millions of coders all over the world. And now he's got written proof.
Time magazine's European edition has named Linus Torvalds in its "60 Years of Heroes" tribute. The magazine listed the Linux creator in the "Rebels & Leaders" category, alongside icons including Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
The magazine cited the creation of Linux, as well as his part in pushing and developing the open-source movement.
"Today, 15 years later, Linux powers everything from supercomputers to mobile phones around the world, and Torvalds has achieved fame as the godfather of the open-source movement, in which software code is shared and developed in a collaborative effort rather than being kept locked up by a single owner," the magazine said.
Blog community response:
"Finally a true hero of the information age. Linux is just "da bomb" (don't ask what provoked me to say that, and rest assured, I probably won't ever say it again). But really, what would the world be without Linux? I mean something has to keep the dark side from prevailing, and well, Linux happens to be that "something.""
--Just Another Tech Blog
"You know you have arrived when your name is listed among names like Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev."
--Famous last words of Marius
"Conquering with giants was never his intention. He has not even involved in any related direct business. Instead, he remains as a programmer who keep developing the piece of software that he enjoyed. Maybe his contribution lies on the realization of the vision to revolutionize the unfair computer industry."