Linus Torvalds: Software Rebel

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Twenty-First Century Books, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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According to the Techie crowd, Linus Torvalds is the most famous computer programmer in the world. He was born in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, in 1969. He might not be a household name, but he's often called the anti-Bill Gates. He hasn't made any money off his software, though he's practically created a revolution. Torvalds wrote an operating system called Linux, a widely admired platform that competes with Windows. The amazing part -- he gives it away for free. He's changing the way software is written, updated, and distributed. Torvalds has created a thriving community by inviting every Linux user and programmer to help him write the code and eradicate the bugs. Linus Torvalds has changed the future of computing.

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Author Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in 1985. She met her husband while studying philosophy at Barnard College, which is part of Columbia University, in New York City. She worked as an editor in the hopes of saving money for graduate school, but she enjoyed her job so much that she continued to do it until she became a full-time author with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Since then, she has written five more novels in the popular series; the latest one is entitled, Sisterhood Everlasting. She has also written as her first novel for adults: The Last Summer (of You and Me). In 2005, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was adapted into a movie. She currently lives with her husband and their children in New York.

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