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Linus Torvalds: Linux Succeeded Thanks to Selfishness and Trust

By BBC News

June 15, 2012

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds has won the Millennium Technology Prize and an accompanying cheque for 600,000 euros ($756,000; £486,000) from the Technology Academy of Finland. He was nominated for the award in recognition of the fact he had created the original Linux operating system and has continued to decide what modifications should be made to the Linux kernel—the code that lets software and hardware work together.

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