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April 20, 2012 AT 8:38 pm

Technology Academy Finland – Stem cell pioneer and open source software engineer are 2012 Millennium Technology Prize laureates

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Technology Academy Finland – Stem cell pioneer and open source software engineer are 2012 Millennium Technology Prize laureates.

In recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel. The free availability of Linux on the Web swiftly caused a chain-reaction leading to further development and fine-tuning worth the equivalent of 73,000 man-years. Today millions use computers, smartphones and digital video recorders like Tivo run on Linux. Linus Torvald’s achievements have had a great impact on shared software development, networking and the openness of the web, making it accessible for millions, if not billions.


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