Category: LinusTorvalds

Linus Torvalds—Portland’s adopted open source guru—secures US citizenship

Portland Oregon resident, Linux creator, and open source proponents Linus Torvalds is now a US citizen.

Here’s a little experiment. Start a conversation about why open source and Portland go so well together. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Done? Okay.

Now, I’m not usually much of a betting guy. But in this case, I’m willing to bet that at some point in that conversation—for many of you—the inevitable “Well, you know, Linus Torvalds lives here” came up as some sort of qualifier. It did, right? Read More

Fake Linus Torvalds: It’s like Fake Steve Jobs only open

This may come as a shock to you but any number of people—even completely mediocre bloggers—wind up with people impersonating them on blogs, Twitter, and the like. No. I’m serious. I mean, that’s why Twitter did that whole “verified” thing.

And the bar by which all imitators are measured? Fake Steve Jobs.

Well, leave it to Portland’s newest open source event—LinuxCon—to take the idea of online impersonation and make it more—well—open. Would you expect anything less? Now, four Linux community leaders will be vying for the title of Fake Linus Torvalds. Read More

Linus Torvalds slated to speak at inaugural LinuxCon

When people start conversations about Portland, Oregon, being a hub of open source, the conversation inevitably turns to one particular topic ‘Well, you know, Linus Torvalds lives in Portland.’

When people start conversations about Portland, Oregon, being a hub of open source, the conversation inevitably turns to one particular topic “Well, you know, Linus Torvalds lives in Portland.”

It’s played like a trump card. And while this is factually correct, it’s a little misleading. You see, Linus doesn’t often make local appearances. He’s here, but he’s not here. If you catch my drift.

And that’s why the news that Linus is going to speak at the inaugural LinuxCon in Portland is such big news: because we’re actually going to get to see that person who we often use as a defense for our open source cred. Read More

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