Strange Facts About Linus Torvalds – Creator of Linux Kernel!

image Linus Torvalds – The man who created Linux Kernel is extremely simple and not at all gizmo freak in his day-2day life. Unlike many open source icons, Torvalds maintains a low profile. He is still remains the ultimate authority on what new code is incorporated into the standard Linux kernel.

Below are some facts about his daily routine that may surprise you…. (Source: Linus Torvalds interview with LifeHacker Australia)

  • He has only one 24′ monitor with resolution 1920×1200. Many hackers prefer atleast two monitors!
  • He is still shell guy. Although he uses multiple windows, most of them are text-based!
  • His favorite email app.. No Gmail… Outlook is out! Linus doesn’t use HTML enabled mails and he uses Alpine – a text based mail client!
  • This guy is not social at all so do not waste time finding him on social networks. Even if you catch him you will never get a chance to chat with him on messenger. He prefers email as they are asynchronous in nature!
  • The only to-do manager program he uses is KAlarm – a reminder program for the KDE desktop.
  • What about cellphone? No he doesn’t have iphone… In fact he doesn’t have any mobile phone!

In personal life, Linus is married to Tove – a six-time Finnish national Karate champion! Nice pair… a computer geek & karate champ! If you are interested in knowing how these two met read this portion of Linus wikipedia page!

Finally what I liked most… Linus hates GNOME and strongly promote KDE! He said in a reply to a mail on! You can also read Linus vs GNOME for more info about this!

If something is missing and its really cool… let us know! šŸ™‚


titi February 15, 2008

other info about linus :

he use micro emacs as editor

– he was a pine user
– he was a gnome user

Rahul Bansal February 15, 2008

Thanks for additional info titi.
But I don’t think Linus was ever used gnome! It will be great if you can cite any resource! šŸ™‚

Dom June 25, 2009

Interesting article …

Mohul February 11, 2011

awesome. And, the interesting fact, as with most of the coding geeks, he is an atheist too.. to quote him, “I find that people seem to think religion brings morals and appreciation of nature. I actually think it detracts from both. It gives people the excuse to say, ‘Oh, nature was just created,’ and so the act of creation is seen to be something miraculous” And guess what.. I think I believe him!