Torvalds, Linus

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Torvalds, Linus Gender: M
born on 28 December 1969
Place Helsinki, Finland, 60n10, 24e58
Timezone EET h2e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 06°30' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif or s_vircol.18.gif

Linus Torvalds (2002)
photo:, license gfdl


Finnish programmer, creator of Linux, the computer operating system on which Astrodatabank,, Google, Wikipedia and most other websites are running. His parents were both journalists and after their divorce, he was raised by his mother. In February 1997, he moved to Calfornia for a job at Transmeta until June 2003. He then moved to the Open Source Development Labs, which has since merged with the Free Standards Group to become the Linux Foundation, under whose auspices he continues to work. In June 2004, Torvalds and his family moved to Dunthorpe, Oregon, to be closer to the OSDL's Beaverton, Oregon-based headquarters.

In 1999, Red Hat and VA Linux, both leading developers of Linux-based software, presented Torvalds with stock options in gratitude for his creation. That same year both companies went public and Torvalds's share value temporarily shot up to roughly US$20 million.

Linus Torvalds is married to Tove Torvalds (née Monni) - a six-time Finnish national karate champion - whom he first met in the autumn of 1993. Tove and Linus were married on 22 January 1997 and have three daughters, Patricia Miranda (born 5 December 1996), Daniela Yolanda (born 16 April 1998), and Celeste Amanda (born 20 November 2000), two of whom were born in the United States. The Linux kernel's reboot system call accepts their dates of birth (written in hexadecimal) as magic values.

In 2010, Torvalds became a United States citizen.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Begin Major Project 25 August 1991 (announced creation of Linux)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 17 September 1991 (uploaded version 0.01 of Linux to public server)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 5 December 1996 (daughter Patricia born)
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  • Family : Change residence 17 February 1997 (move to US)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 16 April 1998 (daughter Daniela born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 20 November 2000 (daughter Celeste born)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes Rold Blum for the date and place; time unknown, 5/2001

Note: Write Tarvainen in Finland to ask if he has a tob; if so, inform Rolf


  • Vocation : Business : Consultant (Created Linux)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer