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Torvalds the "5th Most-Powerful Man in Tech"

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the where-is-shampoo dept.

Technology 594

An anonymous reader writes "According to silicon.com, Linus Torvalds is the fifth most influential man in technology. The bio they have written for him isn't the most flattering to the open source community though. I quote: "If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls." It goes on to say: "In truth Torvalds best work is in the past"... which seems to negate their own argument for having him in there. Also in the Top 5 is Steve Jobs (1) who comes out on top of Bill Gates (2). As an interesting aside, the writer of the Sobig virus even makes it in at Number 42..."

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594 comments

5th most powerful? (4, Funny)

jargoone (166102) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153628)

That's it? Should be #2. Linux is the second best OS in the land!

Re:5th most powerful? (0, Offtopic)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153723)

Bahaha! That was really quite funny. Too bad the "m0d d00dz" can't take a joke.

fp (-1, Troll)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153630)

ha! just once

I GOT A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153633)

GO LINUX!

Does this mean (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153634)

Does this mean he now has a chance of obliterating Gates in "Celebrity Deathmatch" ?

This just in (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153638)

Torvalds named the 2nd smelliest geek, right behind Harry Knowles!

A comment: (0, Funny)

Kedisar (705040) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153641)

Linus Torvolds on the 4 tech gods who beat him out:

"They are smoking crack..."

Who is Torvalds? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153646)

And how do I get back to aol.com from this site? I just installed this Internet. HELP!!!

Re:Who is Torvalds? (2, Funny)

Kedisar (705040) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153740)

It's easy. All you have to do is assemble all your software in neat little piles. Then, stand on your chair, high above your cubicle wall, and scream "DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO READ A MANUAL!?"

Mmmmm (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153648)


The bio they have written for him isn't the most flattering to the open source community though.

Whatya mean? the last line says "Rumour has it he's a Guinness man as well." Mmmmmmm...Guinness... [guinness.ie]

Hmmmm so that means.... (0, Flamebait)

arcite (661011) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153652)

If Linus had gigantic breasts and long flowing hair.....oh wait MB not.

Wah? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153653)

You don't have a poster of Linus on your wall?

Re:Wah? (3, Funny)

LittleGuy (267282) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153840)

You don't have a poster of Linus on your wall?

I have one of Lucy instead, you insensitive blockhead!

Agenda setting (5, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153654)

The ranking is the top Agenda setters, not the most powerful folks in tech as the poster states. For this reason I can easily see S. Jobs and Gates towards the top. This is slightly different than influence and worlds different that "Most Powerful".

Re:Agenda setting (2, Funny)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153699)

ah, okay, that makes much more sense.

geez, do the editors even read the articles anymore?

Re:Agenda setting (5, Funny)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153770)

geez, do the editors even read the articles anymore?

I'm sorry. Did you just imply that the editors ever read the articles? That must have been before I started reading this site.

Re:Agenda setting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153813)

geez, do the editors even read the articles anymore?

You mean they did before?

Re:Agenda setting (-1, Offtopic)

intermodal (534361) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153766)

clearly Darl McBride's hidden agenda is too well hidden for those guys to put him on their list...

Pff (1, Funny)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153661)

If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls.
But I DO have posters of Torvlads on my walls :(

Re:Pff (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153690)

But I DO have posters of Torvlads on my walls :(
Before anyone says anything...
*Torvalds

Re:Pff (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153852)

"Torvalds"

Pronounced like "tarry balls" -- a depravity popular with incorrigible homosexuals.

Re:Pff (4, Insightful)

rifter (147452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153750)

"If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls."

But I DO have posters of Torvlads on my walls :(

Besides, they clearly displayed their cluelessness by not listing Carrie Ann Moss and Natalie Portman, who enjoy an almost exclusively geek following and great popularity therein....

Re:Pff (1)

skaffen42 (579313) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153751)

But I DO have posters of Torvlads on my walls :(

You have a poster of the guy on you wall but you can't spell his name? :)

Re:Pff (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153865)

You have a poster of the guy on you wall but you can't spell his name? :)
Before anyone says anything...
*Torvalds

Cuh

Darl? (2, Funny)

Ikeya (7401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153669)

Where's Darl McBride on the top 50? I'd say he's pretty influential right now. Look at him, he has the UNIX world groveling before him!

Re:Darl? (3, Funny)

Dysso (19466) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153787)

It's spelled "growling"...

Re:Darl? (4, Interesting)

rifter (147452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153791)

Where's Darl McBride on the top 50? I'd say he's pretty influential right now. Look at him, he has the UNIX world groveling before him!

According to legend, when Apple became a corporation and therefore employees had to be numbered, there wasa disagreement between Wozniak and Jobs over who to be number 1 which was settled by making Woz number 1 and Jobs number 0. Now it is Darl's turn to be 0. :) Fitting isn't it?

Re:Darl? (0)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153869)

We aren't groveling to Darl! We are standing up to his bullsh*t!

Groveling? Hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153881)

...no, he actually has the Unix world exercising the greatest self-restraint not to punch him in the nose.

Power or Influence (4, Insightful)

pork_spies (659663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153670)

They are not the same! Influential people can be those who influence those with power but may have little or no power themselves. Think of advisors to POTUS.

Ahem! (1)

Decaffeinated Jedi (648571) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153674)

"If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls." It goes on to say: "In truth Torvalds best work is in the past"...
That's a poster of T'Pol, thank you very much. ;)

Top 5 (0, Insightful)

jimi1283 (699887) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153676)

Agenda setters, not most influential people in technology. The title of the article is misleading.

What about... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153677)

Bernard Shifman [petemoss.com] ?!?!?!?!!!111

snore (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153678)

And we care... why?

Torvalds might only be fifth... (5, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153680)

... but you can reasonably expect to sit down and have a beer with him after work if you're in the right city. Can you say the same about numbers one through four?

It's nice having people in the upper-levels of Linux kernel development who actually read and post to mailing lists...

Re:Torvalds might only be fifth... (5, Insightful)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153760)

It's nice having people in the upper-levels of Linux kernel development who actually read and post to mailing lists...

If Bill G and Steve J actually did any development any more then you could make this a valid comparison.

Re:Torvalds might only be fifth... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153768)

Pfft! Yes, you can sit down with Torvalds if you ever visit him, but I got the SoBig virus delivered TO MY HOME and he is number 42! Beat that, you tech heads!

Bullshit (0, Flamebait)

CausticWindow (632215) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153682)

Yet another random ranking that's supposed to make some kind of sense. Anybody that wants to believe that Steve Jobs is more powerful than Bill Gates will probably like it though. And even though Linus Torvalds does a great job with Linux, how do they figure he's powerful? Utter crap.

Cosmo for geeks?

Re:Bullshit (1)

archeopterix (594938) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153800)

Yet another random ranking that's supposed to make some kind of sense. Anybody that wants to believe that Steve Jobs is more powerful than Bill Gates will probably like it though. And even though Linus Torvalds does a great job with Linux, how do they figure he's powerful? Utter crap.
How can you say that? The ranking is based on votes of very respectable people. They even have a lawyer and an MP (that's right, Member of Parliament) among them!

This My Friends (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153685)

...is the face of [silicon.com] HORROR!

How cool... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153686)

Anonymous Coward took last place! Yeah for us!

I realize he's only the fifth most powerful... (-1, Redundant)

intermodal (534361) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153687)

but why isn't darl mcbride even on the list? he has the power to make the front page of slashdot flush with SCO stories with the dumbest of remarks...

double dipping (1)

brad3378 (155304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153688)

So how do we know the anonomous writer of the SoBig virus isn't already near the top of the list?

Re:double dipping (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153812)

I suspect that he is also at #5.

Most powerful tech erection? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153692)


I don't wanna look at those distended basketballs! NoSilicon.com [nosilicon.com] is a much better choice for your most powerful tech erection!

Yeesh! Get a life you geeks! (-1, Troll)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153693)

Why don't you build a frigging shrine and start lighting candles and burning incense?

Oh wait...you already have!

42 (0)

fussman (607784) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153694)

SoBig author huh? What does that make VicodinES (the author of the Melissa worm long ago)?

Influential or powerful? (5, Insightful)

djeaux (620938) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153701)

Sometimes the two aren't the same, are they?

Bill Gates is powerful, because he's so insanely wealthy. He then can influence all sorts of people with his power.

Linus Torvalds may be influential in tech circles, but whether that translates into any normal interpretation of "power" is another question.

Tuesday's journal (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153703)

Hello, my name is Arnold, but most people famailar with me call me Timmy. I earned that nickname, Timmy, during a childhood accident involving a baboon and a can of half eaten vienna sausages. Anyways, back on topic, I am a practicing Shinto Monk. Well, I don't actually know anything about the Shinto religion persay, but I do intend on practicing Shintoism, so I consider myself a Shinto nonetheless. Besides, it isn't like there is some kind of central authority in religion, you can pretty much just be whatever you want to be and worship whatever gods or spirits you want. Hell, you can even make up your religion, who cares, it's all just pretend anyways right?

OK, so we know that I am Arnold, but prefer to be called Timmy. Yesterday I was playing F-ZeroGX for the Nintendo Gamecube, and let me tell you, that is one killer game. It's fast man, and you can ride up the ceilings and jump off huge ledges and everything. There are these little heal points that you drive through and they give you more power, and you make your own car logos, like anything you want. I also like Metroid Prime, but it's kinda long and you have to play as a girl, so I don't really play it when other dudes are around.

I like the Geocities site building tool. I didn't know anything web site design and didn't have the money for something like Frontpage. So what I did was use the Geocities site builder and it is pretty cool. You just fill in the blanks, and there is this other site that has animated imagery to use. I got this flying saucer with a moon, and the moon spins and the background is all stars. It's not that great I know but I am learning and I have a Visual Quickstart book so I'll be making killer webpages in no time.

Do you guys remember when George Bush Sr. was sworn in as our president? I was in elementary school and we had to watch the inauguration in the library. It was really boring, and I never quite understood why it was so important. We understand that he won the election, what's with the long drawn out ceremony? Hell, you don't really even have to win the election anymore, you can just have some judges give you the Presidential award. It's all over rated really, I would rather be a FBI agent.

- Timmy

Attitude (1)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153707)

If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls.

Yay! Linux manages to take one step forward in the acceptance of it by PHB's and CTO's in large organisations and two steps back by making it sound like it's hacked by a bunch of teenage nerds with no understanding of the "real world" (let alone "real women").

Image might not be everything - but its a big something.

Good idea (5, Insightful)

the_consumer (547060) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153711)

Stroking the ego of a virus writer, way to go. I'm sure that'll entice her to stop.

Re:Good idea (1)

beady (710116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153756)

her you say?
Do you know something we don't? or is it a case of "statistics be damned"?

Sigh (1)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153713)

Mirrors, anyone? 15 comments and already /.ed.

Re:Sigh (0)

ideatrack (702667) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153769)

Article text:

No 5. Linus Torvalds creator of Linux
Last year's position : 21

Hero of the open source movement, geek made good, thorn in Bill Gates' side - there are so many reasons why people vote for Linus Torvalds each year.

In a nutshell it's because he embodies the idea that there is always another way, an antidote to the Microsofts of this world, evidence that the idea of the 'community' within IT is still there. If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls.

Torvalds started work on the Linux kernel while he was at university in Helsinki in 1991 and since then it has been taken up and developed as a serious alternative to proprietary software.

In truth Torvalds best work is in the past but he got the ball rolling and he continues to be an Agenda Setter because he is the very embodiment of the open source community. A vote for Torvalds is not a vote for the man but more a vote for what he represents.

Linux now poses a major threat to Windows and a series of adoptions in the past year, especially at governmental level (and there are more expected in the coming year) means that threat is only set to increase.

Rumour has it he's a Guinness man as well.

inevitable... (-1, Troll)

tjensor (571163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153718)

1) Invent Linux
2) Become 5th most powerful man in the Tech World
3) ????????
4) PROFIT!!!!

I think that's deserving. (4, Insightful)

Nijika (525558) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153721)

And he's such a regular guy (seemingly) that it probably gives him a bit of a shudder to read that. I don't envy the position Linus is in though, I mean looking back, he didn't set out with the goal of being worshipped globally by computer nerds, he just had this re-write of Minix he was working on. Eesh!

Jobs is overrated (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153724)

Jobs' role is overrated. Some Mac "innovations" (like pinhole to eject media) no-one ever follows. He makes a colorful splash with his colorful consoles, which end up meaningless in the tech world (the candy-colored iMac look had more influence on staplers and George Foreman grills than computers).

Due to the locked-in relationship of the hardware and software, his influence is limited for the most part to the tiny Mac world. This could change as soon as his music store goes beyond its limited beta situation.

Re:Jobs is overrated (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153854)

I think its safe to say however he far more influence than you every will.

Negate? No. (4, Insightful)

schon (31600) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153725)

It goes on to say: "In truth Torvalds best work is in the past"... which seems to negate their own argument for having him in there.

Why does that negate their own argument?

Power doesn't mean "how much have you coded recently", it means "how much influence do you weild."

Bill Gates hasn't coded anything in over 10 years, but he's made the list - are you suggesting he's not a power either?

Re:Negate? No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153805)

"Bill Gates hasn't coded anything in over 10 years, but he's made the list - are you suggesting he's not a power either?"

Erase all words after No. 5 and this sentence makes sence.

johnboy

List is missing something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153726)

This list can't be right. No repo companies or real estate liquidators are to be found on this list.

Ranked (1, Funny)

Yanray (686150) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153727)

I thought CowboyNeal would at least have ranked this year.

I haven't read the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153728)

Because I think Andrew Tannenbaum must be more influential and I know if I read it he won't even be mentioned. After all, Linux is obsolete...

Carly whatshername (1, Insightful)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153730)

Well, at least silicon.com's techies have the same opinion of her that I do.

On looking for her biography, I currently get a 'page cannot be found' message...

Cheers,
Ian

Slashdotted (5, Funny)

ParnBR (601156) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153732)

It seems we are the most influential people over silicon.com servers.

Well... yeah! (5, Insightful)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153733)

Of course Linus wouldn't be the most "powerful" - he lets others make up their own damn minds. He doesn't own any companies, and he lets others use his ideas with only the agreement to give credit where credit is due, and use derrivative ideas in just the same way. The power is not in the man, but in the ideas. This "ranking" shouldn't be counted as an insult to open source in any way - powerful men are not a particularly valid way to rank ideas.

Ryan Fenton

Re:Well... yeah! (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153828)

Definitely. Just because most of his work was done in the past doesn't mean that he doesn't continue to work today. He just changed the direction his skills went.

Remember the Transmeta Crusoe? Linus was hired to work on that processor. Now he's been permitted to take a leave of absence and go work at the OSDL, where he can write code for the 2.7 kernels.

IMO Linus deserved number 4.

Holy cow! dont do that to me! (1)

koi69 (137175) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153738)

Am I the only one that freaked out that there was a LINK named "sobig virus?"

Gad, I havent had my coffe yet and i am shaking!

powerful men (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153743)

Linus is not that strong. Bill Gates is a wuss too. I think Bill Gates will always be more powerful than Linux because Bill has more money, more innovation, more userbase.

For Linux to become stronger, what has to happen is it needs to become stronger for it.

Dang IIS Servers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153744)

They can't even handle the slashdot effect after 20 comments!

Posters Of Linus Torvalds (0, Funny)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153759)

Does anybody know where I might acquire a poster of Mr. Torvalds? I would seriously put up a poster of him, but I don't believe that I have ever seen a poster. I'd like to be able to get one, without having it shipped, the dimensions of a poster probably make them a lot of trouble to ship. Anyone know where I can get a Linus, or Linux poster In the Ottawa area?

Re:Posters Of Linus Torvalds (1)

GeneralEmergency (240687) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153863)



I would pay serious money for a poster of Linus dressed up in a penguin costume!

Getting a poster shipped (1)

yerricde (125198) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153867)

Getting a poster shipped is no problem. The vendor rolls it up, puts it in a postal tube, and ships that.

ID / John Carmack (4, Insightful)

2fakeu (443153) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153779)

I'd say John Carmack is badly missing there. He's been trendsetter since years.

503 Out Of Resources (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153786)

Don't thank me all at once.

No 5. Linus Torvalds creator of Linux
Last year's position : 21

Hero of the open source movement, geek made good, thorn in Bill Gates' side - there are so many reasons why people vote for Linus Torvalds each year.

In a nutshell it's because he embodies the idea that there is always another way, an antidote to the Microsofts of this world, evidence that the idea of the 'community' within IT is still there. If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls.

Torvalds started work on the Linux kernel while he was at university in Helsinki in 1991 and since then it has been taken up and developed as a serious alternative to proprietary software.

In truth Torvalds best work is in the past but he got the ball rolling and he continues to be an Agenda Setter because he is the very embodiment of the open source community. A vote for Torvalds is not a vote for the man but more a vote for what he represents.

Linux now poses a major threat to Windows and a series of adoptions in the past year, especially at governmental level (and there are more expected in the coming year) means that threat is only set to increase.

Rumour has it he's a Guinness man as well.

Desperate for women, huh? (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153789)

Wow, they must have been really hard up for a third woman to put on the list to go with Naomi Klein. They could barely come up with even a shred of a justification for that one. Someone at the magazine must be part of the "Dude, advertising is just trying to, like, SELL you stuff!" set.

For that matter, does anyone actually care what Tim Berners-Lee has to say any more? I thought he was just someone they trot out to act like a father figure and talk up his latest unworkable, silly Big New Idea plea for attention, like Vint Cerf. Also, I thought John Malone was in jail...

anyone know... (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153795)


Anyone know where Cowboy Neal ranked?

They should be on People's 50 sexiest men list (1, Funny)

cybercrap (319182) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153796)

Man, us techies are one good looking bunch.

Lara and Xena? What about ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153802)

Buffy, Faith and Willow? Sunnydale may be a big hole in the ground, but let's not forget it's finest (former) inhabitants.

+1 Funny. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153807)

Yeah that's a funny header, don't think i'm gonna RTFA, i'm ROFL..

No Richard M. Stallman? (5, Insightful)

Per Abrahamsen (1397) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153808)

His agenda seem quite influential, much of Linux' success is due to his agenda (through the GPL and software).

He may not be at the top, but he should be on the list. And above the Sobig author...

no RMS? (5, Insightful)

nuggz (69912) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153809)

What about RMS, he has done a lot of work for Free Software.
If Linus gets to #5 being the embodiment of Open Source, how can they neglect GNU ?

Re:no RMS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153884)

Everyone in their right mind programs Visual C++. And who cares about something that's "not Unix" by definition, when Unix is the corporate standard.

search? (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153817)

Is there a search on this site? I can't seem to find my name... =P

Going down... (2, Informative)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153818)

So here's the Google Cache [google.com]

Well, I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153819)

...welcome our new Scandinavian overlords!

Vajpayee ?? (5, Interesting)

Vedanti (689689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153821)


The list has India's prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at 8th.

India's boom - largely engineered by Vajpayee - means some analysts are predicting the country could face its own IT skills crisis over the next five years.

Nothing can be further from truth. Personally Vajpayee has had no effect on IT in India. He has no ideas or plans for the future, as far as IT is concerned. I think Narayana Murthy [redhotcurry.com] would have been a better choice.

I doubt the list is a well researched list.

Powerful? (1)

nakhla (68363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153825)

Influential? Definitely. Powerful? Uhh, no. In reality, there are still many more people in the tech world who have considerably more power than he does. After all, exactly how much money have Linux companies actually made? It's a pittence compared to the other big players out there. I'd argue he has much more influence than he has actual power in the industry, especially since anyone can modify his product without giving him a second thought.

Re:Powerful? (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153862)

Maybe that's why he's so influential. He released a product that anybody can modify.....

full list (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153827)

1. Steve Jobs
2. Bill Gates
3. Greg Dyke
4. Hu Jintao
5. Linus Torvalds
6. Roger Cole
7. Sam Palmisano
8. Atal Behari Vajpayee
9. Peter Gershon
10. Carly Fiorina
11. Rupert Murdoch
12. Michael Dell
13. Arun Sarin
14. Richard Granger
15. Fred von Lohmann
16. Eric Schmidt
17. David Levin
18. Stephen Carter
19. Steve Linford
20. Christian Ude
21. Greg Aharonian
22. Scott McNealy
23. Terry Semel
24. Sergey Brin
25. Ben Verwaayen
26. Rod Aldridge
27. Stelios Haji-Ioannou
28. Ian Foster
29. Dmitri Sklyarov
30. David Blunkett
31. Erich Gamma
32. Jeff Bezos
33. Donna Dubinsky
34. Donald E Knuth
35. Masayoshi Son
36. Michael Gough
37. Keiji Tachikawa
38. Marc Benioff
39. Sir John Sulston
40. Larry Ellison
41. Stephen Hill
42. SoBig author
43. Naomi Klein
44. Henning Kagermann
45. Mario Monti
46. Ulrich Schumacher
47. Tim Berners-Lee
48. Steve Ballmer
49. John Malone
50. Michael Moritz

Life, the Universe, and Everything. (1)

Qwell (684661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153841)

As an interesting aside, the writer of the Sobig virus even makes it in at Number 42...
The answer, to the almighty question. Apparently, the reason we exist is to write viruses. You didn't actually believe it was 6 by 9, did you?

Power and Influence do not = $$$ (2, Insightful)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153842)

One of the biggest problems with a lot of people today is that they equate economic success with success in general. However, in the case of Apple and Steve Jobs, the success is in pushing new boundaries that other companies didn't want to touch. Apple has been VERY influential (and therefore Steve Jobs). They popularized the GUI, they brought a sense of style to computing (which is very important regardless of what anyone may think), they shifted the look of the box itself from the ugly beige box to the sleek designer models and now they are bringing Unix and 64 bit processing to the consumer (It could be argued that Sony did this with the Playstation).

The Linux crowd and Torvalds have been hugely successful in starting a movement away from proprietary OSes and again making this movement more visible. Of course *BSD was there first as well as GNU, but with Linux the concept was popularized among the clued in folks in the IT world. Whether you like Tovalds or not, you cannot refute that he has influenced the IT world tremendously with his work.

The best thing is that neither Jobs nor Torvalds needed to be the dominant market leader to influence anyone. There is more power in thought than money. That is the way things should be everywhere.

Stupid comment. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153844)

The most influential are on wall street.

postscript

Actually I've found most members/users of open source (averaged) take the most respectful stance to women I've seen from any other group (including pro fem/left/right/religious agenda groups). All with little to no effort, it does seem quite natural.

I'm kind of curious what kind of carry over or representation there is to the larger population. Diversity is not something open source population lacks.

Copy of article (3, Informative)

breman (683776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153846)

No 5. Linus Torvalds creator of Linux [silicon.com]
Last year's position : 21

Hero of the open source movement, geek made good, thorn in Bill Gates' side - there are so many reasons why people vote for Linus Torvalds each year.

In a nutshell it's because he embodies the idea that there is always another way, an antidote to the Microsofts of this world, evidence that the idea of the 'community' within IT is still there. If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls.

Torvalds started work on the Linux kernel while he was at university in Helsinki in 1991 and since then it has been taken up and developed as a serious alternative to proprietary software.

In truth Torvalds best work is in the past but he got the ball rolling and he continues to be an Agenda Setter because he is the very embodiment of the open source community. A vote for Torvalds is not a vote for the man but more a vote for what he represents.

Linux now poses a major threat to Windows and a series of adoptions in the past year, especially at governmental level (and there are more expected in the coming year) means that threat is only set to increase.

Rumour has it he's a Guinness man as well.

Karma Whoring (0, Informative)

Eslyjah (245320) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153856)

1. Steve Jobs 26. Rod Aldridge
2. Bill Gates 27. Stelios Haji-Ioannou
3. Greg Dyke 28. Ian Foster
4. Hu Jintao 29. Dmitri Sklyarov
5. Linus Torvalds 30. David Blunkett
6. Roger Cole 31. Erich Gamma
7. Sam Palmisano 32. Jeff Bezos
8. Atal Behari Vajpayee 33. Donna Dubinsky
9. Peter Gershon 34. Donald E Knuth
10. Carly Fiorina 35. Masayoshi Son
11. Rupert Murdoch 36. Michael Gough
12. Michael Dell 37. Keiji Tachikawa
13. Arun Sarin 38. Marc Benioff
14. Richard Granger 39. Sir John Sulston
15. Fred von Lohmann 40. Larry Ellison
16. Eric Schmidt 41. Stephen Hill
17. David Levin 42. SoBig author
18. Stephen Carter 43. Naomi Klein
19. Steve Linford 44. Henning Kagermann
20. Christian Ude 45. Mario Monti
21. Greg Aharonian 46. Ulrich Schumacher
22. Scott McNealy 47. Tim Berners-Lee
23. Terry Semel 48. Steve Ballmer
24. Sergey Brin 49. John Malone
25. Ben Verwaayen 50. Michael Moritz

are you sure? (2, Funny)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153872)

"If it wasn't for the presence of Lara Croft and Xena Warrior Princess, techies around the world would have posters of Torvalds on their walls."

Are you sure it wouldn't be Ellen Feiss?

HMM, slightly suspect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7153877)

Stallman, Woz? These guy's missing from that list makes that list invalid. Whoever came up with it know not wherefore he speaks.

-eSmith.

Linus near the top (1)

the_crowbar (149535) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153878)

For someone like me who started using Linux at approximately the same time as I started working in IT, Linus (through Linux) has been one of the most influential people in the technology related part of my life.

Linux has taught me more about computers than even my 3 1/2 years on a helpdesk(win98/NT). The free exchange of ideas, introduced to me through Linux, has shaped much more than my technology life and I can even see examples of it in other areas of my life.

In summary, Linus being one of the most influential men in technology sounds correct to me.

-the_crowbar

oh well, the vogons can blow up the earth now... (1)

barton (47087) | more than 10 years ago | (#7153883)

As an interesting aside, the writer of the Sobig virus even makes it in at Number 42..."

Aha. So that's the question to which the answer is 42...

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