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Jim Zemlin on What the Tech Industry Has Learned from Linus Torvalds (Transcript)

Jim Zemlin

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Jim Zemlin -Executive Director at Linux Foundation

Good morning. Thank you.

So, many of you may not recognize this person on the screen. He lives here in Portland, Oregon. He was named the 17th most influential person of the century by Time Magazine. This is Linus Torvalds, and if you’ve never heard of him, you’ve probably heard of the software he created.

Linus Torvalds created Linux, the world’s most successful software. It runs everything. I’m not kidding. It’s in your phone, it’s in a car, it’s in your television, it runs your bank, it runs most of the global economy, it runs air-traffic control systems, nuclear submarines, it runs most of the Internet.

You use Linux every single day, multiple times a day, and you don’t even know it. So if you’re in the tech industry, you for sure have heard of Linus Torvalds and almost none of you have ever heard of me.

I’m Linus Torvalds’s boss! Now I know what you’re thinking. Wow, this guy is the boss of one of the 17 most influential guys of the century, wrote the world’s most prolific software. Who else works for this guy. The person who created the Internet? So first of all, no, Al Gore does not work for me. But let me show you a couple of others who do.

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