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Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the stems-cells-kernels-same-thing-right dept.

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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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First Post bitch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308539)

First Post bitch!

Re:First Post bitch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310263)

Yes, you are.

Don't you mean... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308547)

Don't you mean GNU/Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize?

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rms

Re:Don't you mean... (3, Informative)

amazeofdeath (1102843) | about 2 years ago | (#40308637)

No, because the prize was awarded for developing just the kernel.

Re:Don't you mean... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310205)

But Linux is monolithic kernel and not microkernel so it means Linux is operating system and not "Just a kernel".
Operating System is a synonym for Kernel. But microkernel and kernel are not synonymous for each other.

Linux is THE Linux kernel
Linux operating system is THE Linux kernel

There is no "Linux and Linux kernel" but Linux means only the monolithic operating system what everyone can download from kernel.org. Only ignorant people believes that Linux and Linux kernel means different things.

Either that.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310259)

or you're an incoherent moron.

Re:Don't you mean... (2)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40310631)

You're an idiot. Linux is the kernel. The kernel boots and runs whatever it's told to (usually configured to run /sbin/init). You don't get GNU until that point.

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40311313)

> No, because the prize was awarded for developing just the kernel.

People have a hard time understanding the context on which Linux was created. Interestingly, this is not Linus' fault, he was one of the first to acknowledge the grounding work of the GNU people.

A kernel does not exist by itself, like a heart needs a body to which it can send blood.

RMS is right in trying to make that more obvious -- if not for the credit, at least because of marketing. But it might be the case that writing GNU/Linux (or Linux/GNU, ftm) is entirely wrong; we should be talking GNU for the OS, and discuss Linux only when talking about the kernel (in itself, a very important topic).

So, IMHO it should be Red Hat GNU, Mepis GNU, Ubuntu GNU, etc.

Re:Don't you mean... (2)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 2 years ago | (#40312003)

For how many users is the GNU userland important anymore? I bet Google Chrome is much more used these days. GNU is irrelevant.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

theCoder (23772) | about 2 years ago | (#40315283)

They may not see it, but just about everything that gets the user from the kernel booting to being able to launch a web browser like Chrome is a lot of GNU software. To say that it is irrelevant is misleading. Besides, many people do things on their computers that aren't in a web browser, and on Linux, much of that depends on GNU software. Even those web browsers typically depend on GNU library software like glibc.

The only place you could use Linux without GNU is on Android (which interestingly, isn't called "Android/Linux").

RMS gets a lot of flack for the GNU/Linux thing, but he has a good point that the user's experience on Linux is as much "Linux" as it is "GNU". Of course, by extension that might mean we should call it Gnome/X/GNU/Linux, or something similar. So, most people just use "Linux", probably because it's easier to say :)

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

w.hamra1987 (1193987) | about 2 years ago | (#40315709)

when i boot my Windows 7 system, i either run firefox, or play one of the installed games... i dont touch IE, any of the MS games installed, hell, i never touched anything else in that system except the first day i installed it, to setup few things... but i doubt this means "windows" is irrelevant, and firefox is more important...

GNU is still the very heart of a Linux system. you might not see them, but all these cron jobs running silently in the background are bash scripts, all programs require GLibC to run, as they're linked against it, the list is quite long of programs from GNU you're not even aware of their existence, all necessary to get the system to tick, but if you're really interested, i advise you to give a scan read of the "Linux From Scratch" book, to get an idea of how deeply interconnected is GNU's relationship to Linux, and how the two are inseparable.

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40316219)

> For how many users is the GNU userland important anymore? I bet Google Chrome is much more used these days. GNU is irrelevant.

What a mix up of different matters!

How many times did people talk about Unix and discussed the kernels?

What I mean is: if you talk about the kernel, you should say Linux. If you talk about the OS -- the right name for it would be GNU.

So why do we use Linux also for the OS? That's a mistake IMHO and probably derived from the fact that the kernel was the last part missing to make GNU usable.

Google Chrome is just a browser, an application running on GNU (or Linux, since that is how the OS is commonly referred to); maybe you meant Google's ChromeOS? Then you might be meaning that all GNU parts have been replaced by Google. Well, I really don't know about that, but things could have been made simpler since Google wants us to be in the cloud. Some important parts would still be necessary, nevertheless.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

amazeofdeath (1102843) | about 2 years ago | (#40312029)

It's still irrelevant in the context of the prize criteria. If the prize would have been given for creating Linux as an operating system, the GGP would have some point, but TFA explicitly says that creating the *kernel* was the achievement that was found laudable.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#40319681)

not necessarily many people will use a mix of BSD and gnu utilities many more people use android Linux. also many embedded Linux installs use custom code not owned by gnu. rms is fine calling android android/Linux and desktop Linux gnu/Linux because they use a different base but where do we draw the line i have a bunch of apache licensed code open office; Mozilla licensed Firefox liferea Thunderbird; various programs using a BSD licensed database so do i have a gnu/BSD/apache/Mozilla/Linux where do i draw the line? why should gnu get credit if the others don't and we aren't always talking about desktop/server Linux so i say just calling it linux is the most rational dissension.

Re:Don't you mean... (5, Informative)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#40308693)

Well Linus was mostly on the Linux Kernel. The Linux Kernel isn't GNU/Linux. Technically you can build an OS off the Linux Kernel, that isn't "Unixy" at all. The GNU (GNU Not Unix) is model to make a Unix like system without any Unix Code (unlike Free/Open/Net/... BSD) Most of what we call Linux Distributions is the GNU/Linux OS packaged with custom set of software.
However you could make an OS that doesn't look or feel like Linux or Unix. Off the Linux kernel, (with perhaps some similar boot messages) But the OS would work and behave quite differently.

Re:Don't you mean... (2)

bleedingsamurai (2539410) | about 2 years ago | (#40308917)

Like Novell OES-Linux and Cisco NX-OS.

I think Android would still be considered a Unix through and through (going purely on behavior rather then trademarks and licensing)

I always found it weird that you could just plop a non-Unix user space right on top of a Unix kernel. But I guess with enough abstraction anything is possible.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40309255)

The "Unixy" attributes of Linux (or any other *NIX) is the kernel, filespace, API, and libraries.

The whole Unix/non-Unix user space is a misconception. What you are referring to is an X/Motif, Gnome, KDE, Android, or shell UI. There are *NIX UIs that are nothing more than some LEDs and a few pushbuttons. That doesn't make them any less Unixy.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

The Moof (859402) | about 2 years ago | (#40310445)

The whole Unix/non-Unix user space is a misconception. What you are referring to is an X/Motif, Gnome, KDE, Android, or shell UI

Or he was referring to the Unix concept of user space vs kernel space. User space where the user's programs are loaded and executed with the user's permissions, which is entirely independent and separated from the kernel space. Sounds like you're confusing user space with UI.

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40313773)

Sounds like you're confusing user space with UI.

The UI is just another user space app on Unixes. Unlike Windows, where its all tangled up.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

bleedingsamurai (2539410) | about 2 years ago | (#40425041)

I believe you have miss-interpreted what I said, but I understand what you mean.

What I mean is that there are certain expectations a Unix user might have of their user space and how they interact with it. Think of it as a cultural/unwritten standard. Some user space tools like GNU feel more Unixy then a few LEDs and push-buttons. After all, you can't really pipe the output of an LED into a push-button, though I'm sure you could modify the system to pipe the signal going to an LED into whatever the push-button activated some how, but that isn't exactly the same.

Maybe I'm being a little to philosophical, XP

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40312223)

And you can run a UNIX user space on top of Windows using the Subsystem for Unix-based Applications [wikipedia.org] , formerly known as Interix.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 2 years ago | (#40313069)

Sort of, it's not exactly current nor compliant IIRC.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about 2 years ago | (#40314467)

Have you actually tried it, especially any version from the past 5 years (the 6.x family)? It works quite well enough for my use, to the point that I havne't bothered to run a Linux system (virtual or not) on either my home or work computer in a few months, despite using POSIX-based apps extensively.

There are package managers and repositories, compilers and debuggers, shells and standard utilities. X11 clients can connect to X11 servers (I use a win32 one locally). Access control uses the Windows credentials but POSIX conventions. Non-win32 feaures like setUID and setGID work fine, as does case-seneitive filesystem operation. POSIX apps can invoke Windows ones, and even share some libraries.

It's not perfect, but it definitley gets the job done.

Re:Don't you mean... (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 2 years ago | (#40315841)

Last time I tried it, tail didn't work correctly, and there was still no symlink support. Granted, it was more than 5 years ago, but while the first was merely extremely annoying, the second was a show stopper. And no, junctions are not the same. I'm aware NTFS has been enhanced since then, I no longer care. If I need *NIX features, I'll run a *NIX. Like much of the rest of the world is starting to realize, I really don't need windows features for anything.

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308925)

However you could make an OS that doesn't look or feel like Linux or Unix.

Android...

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309155)

Having a built-in shell, shouldn't the kernel be considered an operating system soon?

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310301)

But you are wrong. Linux is not an microkernel but it is a monolithic kernel what means Linux is whole operating system in kernel space. Monolithic kernel can be modular but the modularity is in binary level, not at architecture level like server-client architecture is about.

This site has gone to shit (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309077)

Now we've got a bunch of comments attacking Linus Torvalds! Are the people on here so desperate to be contrary and hip that they will support literally ANY non-mainstream viewpoint?

We complain about slashdot's stories creating misleading controversy through provocative headlines and summaries.

But we get a story where we can say "Thanks, Linus - you did good" - and we fill it with stupid bickering. No wonder nobody important posts here any more (not under their real names, anyway).

Re:This site has gone to shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40315137)

I totally concur, it's been a long time since any comment here extended my understanding of anything ...

Re:Don't you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40357079)

@Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13

The GNU philosophy is a creation and idea from Richard Stallman, the Linux kernel was added to the GNU project acquiring the GNU licence.
The news article is quite clear.... Linus Torvalds awarded prize for the kernel: Personally I think Richard Stallman should have got a prize also for the GNU philosophy and idea that became GNU/Linux.

Spelling Error (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308559)

Why can't anyone these days spell "weird" properly?

Re:Spelling Error (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308627)

Because it doesn't conform the rhyme we all learned as children:

I before E except after C

The bigger question should be, why are you so insecure that you get bent out of shape over a spelling error. Do you have a small penis?

Re:Spelling Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308823)

Most /. readers would know that there are plenty of exceptions to that rule - this isn't the YouTube comments section.

It baffles me that you would criticize the OP rather than the editor who should be DOING HIS FUCKING JOB.

But the bigger mystery is why somebody would mod up your post.

Re:Spelling Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310537)

With the amount of exceptions in the English language, you can just make up your own rules.

Re:Spelling Error (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309297)

You must be a heinous foreigner, seizing on any deficiencies to feign a scientific conscience.

Re:Spelling Error (2)

abigor (540274) | about 2 years ago | (#40308647)

Not to mention "millennial". Look how many times it's misspelled in the summary.

Re:Spelling Error (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308939)

And it's not even called the Millennial Technology Prize - it's called the Millennium Technology Prize. So doubly incorrect.

Re:Spelling Error (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310829)

I was wondering what kind of organization would resolve to award a prize only every 1000 years. I guess that solves it.

Re:Spelling Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308707)

It's because, instead of teaching children to spell individual words, we teach them "rules" now. This is one of the exceptions to the "rule" people are taught. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_before_E_except_after_C [wikipedia.org]

Re:Spelling Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310945)

It's because, instead of teaching children to spell individual words, we teach them "rules" now.

"Now"? That's a weird objection...This rule is pretty ancient.

Re:Spelling Error (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309335)

Agree, I thought it was wierd , too. What's wrong with people these days?

CAPTCHA = patrons

So sick of this.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308581)

I'm sick of this guy being recognized for inventing the Linux kernel just because his name is similar... when will people realize RMS invented Linux?

Re:So sick of this.. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308597)

Do you have proof one way or the other?
I've seen this argument several times on this site, and I've yet to see either side present any sort of evidence.

Re:So sick of this.. (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#40308659)

The way I understand it is that Torvalds came up with the kernel (which is what's being recognized here), but RMS created many of the other tools that turn Linux from a kernel into a full fledged operating system. Without both of them, Linux probably wouldn't have been successful.

Re:So sick of this.. (2)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 2 years ago | (#40309123)

Or possibly, if linux hadn't featured the gpl, it would be a niche OS with a version developed by apple or some other giants whose patents make it impossible to keep the free version on par with features.
But speculaton on what could have happened is pointless.
OTOH speculation on the future.... possibly linux in VMs or other security frameworks will be used for general and specialized purposes, until the guys running 20 VMs on their 16 core cellphones start to wonder if they would be better off with the microkernel approach. In other words, linus was right, tanenbaum wiil be right.

Re:So sick of this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309687)

Don't forget all the lost names who actually did all the ground work on Unix as well. Too many people here neglect to consider these folks when it comes to the real foundation of Linux.
 
And not to push the point and certainly not to make fun but the reality of the matter is that Linus copied and open sourced an existing concept that had already been put into practice for over two decades. IMHO, cutting edge research on stem cells is a bit more honorable than what Linus brought to the table.

Re:So sick of this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40311099)

Because of Linux - we don't have to use the Hurd?

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

Millennium (2451) | about 2 years ago | (#40309791)

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.

Re:So sick of this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40317813)

no one gives a fuck. seriously. stop pulling your dick to your gay fantasies of rms eating shit off of your feet.

Re:So sick of this.. (1)

Millennium (2451) | about 2 years ago | (#40318201)

I am quite aware of how many, or how few, fucks are given. I'm just having some fun being pedantic, is all.

Re:So sick of this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40320103)

Not to forget Android, which also runs Linux, but not GNU.

Congratulations Linus (5, Insightful)

FudRucker (866063) | about 2 years ago | (#40308677)

thanks to Linus and his colleagues and the many other FOSS/GNU/Linux developers we have many cool Linux distros to choose from, kudos to all who made it happen!

Re:Congratulations Linus (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308787)

"we have many cool Linux distros to choose from"

and fight over.

Linux User 1 "Why the hell would you use that distro, should be Umbongo"

Linux User 2 "Umbongo suck! Use Frisky Ferret"

Linux User 3 "Frisky Ferret? That piece of shite - you need Smint"

Linux User 4 "the year of Linux on the desktop!"

etc. ad infinitum

Re:Congratulations Linus (1, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40309235)

What about the GNU kernel? Linux wouldn't even exist without that foundation. (I suspect the inventor of that will be forgotten, just as people have forgotten the contributions of Jay Miner, Bob Yannes, Nolan Bushnell, Jack Tramel, Dennis Ritchie, etc.) All the popular press talks about if Jobs Gates.

Re:Congratulations Linus (3, Insightful)

elashish14 (1302231) | about 2 years ago | (#40311865)

Agreed, and it's the community that's so important. When you consider how versatile and ubiquitous the kernel is, you have to understand that it takes an extremely broad and diverse community of developers and other contributors to make it possible. Compare this to Microsoft, who can barely manage to port their operating system to ARM, and somehow they're raking in hundreds of billions of dollars.

Even if you cast all of Linus' software development contibutions aside, the fact that he started such a diverse and prodigious community is worthy of several awards on its own.

People will read this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308709)

and conclude Linus is a bad father.

Congratulation to "Mr. T."... apk (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308721)

See subject-line: Says it all!

* I'd wager it "blows his mind" to this very day that Linux took off as well as it has...

APK

P.S.=> I may "bust balls" on the "penguins" around here on /. (because of the years of "FUD" along the lines of "Windows != Secure & Linux = Secure" (since ANDROID shows us all that once a Linux (or any OS) gains "top spot" in marketshare on any given computing platform, it will be attacked rampantly, as Windows has been due to its overall overwhelming dominance of the PC Desktop + Server spaces combined) - but, I don't intend it for Linux in general (because I've used it on/off since Slackware 1.02 in 1994, Redhat 6.x iirc around 2000, & KUbuntu for all of summer 2010)... it's what I call a "socio-cultural phenomenon" that shows folks can "pull together" worldwide & create something pretty nice, for free... that's something! apk

APK not being a total dick? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40311607)

APK not being a total dick? The power of modern psychotropics truly has no boundaries.

An application of "ReVeRsE-PsyChoLoGy" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40312189)

".seiradnuob on sah ylurt sciportohcysp nredom fo rewop ehT ?kcid latot a gnieb ton KPA"by Anonymous Coward - ANOTHER "ne'er-do-well" /. OFF-TOPIC TROLL on Wednesday June 13, @01:36PM (#40311607)

"???"

Uhm... Could we get a translation of that off-topic "troll-speak/trolllanguage" of yours, please?

---

Please - "Projecting" your own obvious issues with medications &/or psychiatric treatment experiences "doth not an on-topic subject, make"...

( & when I occasionally tell truths about Linux along the lines of what I originally posted in my 'p.s.' in the post of mine you replied to is TOO MUCH FOR YOU TO HANDLE (and it always is, since it's just truths)? You're only showing me all the more that is indeed, the case, with your now off-topic trolling/stalking me...)

See - Mr. Torvalds I can respect, but you? Please... lol!

* And, you're an off-topic troll - no questions asked...SEE MY SUBJECT LINE ABOVE!

APK

P.S.=> Yes, it must have just have been another off-topic done nothing of significance with his life troll spewing his off-topic b.s. again & not contributing to the ongoing conversations. Oh well - No biggie!

("ReVeRsE-PsYcHoLoGy", for trolls - Courtesy of this code by "yours truly" in less than 1 second flat):

---

#TrollTalkComReversePsychologyKiller.py (Ver #2 by APK)

def reverse(s):
    try:
        trollstring = ""
        for apksays in s:
        trollstring = apksays + trollstring
    except:
        print("error/abend in reverse function")
    return trollstring

s = ""
print reverse(s)

try:
  s = "Insert whatever 'trollspeak/trolllanguage' gibberish occurs here..."
  s = reverse(s)
  print(s)
except Exception as e:
  print(e)

---

... apk

Re:APK not being a total dick? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40403729)

You're being a total dick.

GOD BLESS LINUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308801)

seriously

Inmoni Satanas Linus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40308865)

God Bless Linus (in satanic language)

Congrats! (4, Interesting)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | about 2 years ago | (#40309047)

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

Re:Congrats! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40317675)

It's really nice to see a technology revolutionist reaping some financial rewards in his lifetime, too. A check for 600,000 euros goes a long way towards setting him up for life financially, and considering his ongoing efforts to further the Linux kernel, I think we want him to be able to do that and not to worry about his next paycheck. If the Linux Foundation ever goes tits up, he won't be at risk of losing the roof over his head (and over his computers)(and over his wife and children). That's all to the good.

Ooh, RMS done got buuuuurned (-1, Flamebait)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 2 years ago | (#40309113)

No mention of GNU, and

Sure, a lot of companies were initially fairly leery about a licence that they weren't all that used to, and sometimes doubly so because some portions of the free software camp had been very vocally anti-commercial and expected companies to overnight turn everything into free software.

Who's that then, Linus? And yes, that is a fair assessment of RMS off his meds. And RMS is always off his meds. I await his usual sneery snarling "GNU/Hurd's day will come" response with anticipation.

That's weird.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309207)

No nomination for Microsoft?

Well Done Linus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309261)

He is set for life 1.3 million and paid to work on his own creation,pretty good for someone that shouts everyone free beer according to the GPL

ah yes, the old "Millenial" prize. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40309389)

Nothing's too menial for a Millenial.

A well deserved award (1)

Teun (17872) | about 2 years ago | (#40309603)

Linus being a joint Grand Winner of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize is a well deserved award to him.

His original idea has brought together a large group of very smart people and his no-nonsense stile has kept this herd of cats working for a joint goal.

My congratulations with the prize and thanks for making my computer a useful tool!

Too tame to be real Torvaldsian answers (4, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | about 2 years ago | (#40309663)

This is a plant by some Linux shill. Real Torvaldsian answers include calling people morons and telling them that they should just die.

Assangians Assemble! Let's get the full transcript from the BBC and see what Linus REALLY said!

Re:Too tame to be real Torvaldsian answers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40310735)

Well, he did say he curses his children when coding so it might be him after all.

Re:Too tame to be real Torvaldsian answers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40314933)

> Assangians Assemble!

At first I thought this was some clever reference to Transformers, then I realised you really meant it!
Disgusting.

Millen (1, Offtopic)

rossdee (243626) | about 2 years ago | (#40309903)

Say what 'Milllenium' is this referring to? We have been in the 3rd millenium for over a decade now.
Is thids some dating system I am not familiar with, like the Mayan calander?

Damn it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40311741)

...what window manager is he running!?

This award is a TRAVESTY (1, Funny)

cstacy (534252) | about 2 years ago | (#40313275)

Linux is nowhere close to as transformative technology as EMAIL! The award should have gone to V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai.

Re:This award is a TRAVESTY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40323647)

So you're going to transfer your messages using fairy dust?

Millennium Technology Prize is a hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40314829)

Millennium Technology Prize is a rather pathetic faux technology prize that tries to streamline its publicity from a baseless connotation to the Millennium Prize of Mathematics (the actually famous and notable science prize.)

Bear in mind these prizes have absolutely nothing in common. The maths prize is awarded by an independent foundation, while the tech prize is awarded by a committee dominated by a hegemony of Finnish state-employed academics. In a shameless display of conflict of interest (and keeping up with the long traditions of the "invisible" Finnish corruption), they have actually awarded the prize to their fellow countryman, and an alumnus from their own research coalition.

That sound you just heard.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40318617)

...was the collective orgasm of 10 million geeks.

Most Linux systems use NO GNU!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40323751)

One very important word: ANDROID.
There is no GNU in Android.
There are more users of Android than GNU.

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