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Finland's Millennium Technology Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious awards a person in the technology field can receive; past winners include Tim Berniers-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, and a handful of really smart folks who have whipped up innovations ranging from dye-sensitized solar cells to "biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration." One of the newest members of the exclusive club is responsible for something many Maximum PC-types swear by: Linux.
Linus Torvalds will be named one of this year's Millennium Technology Prize laureates, the Linux Foundation announced today. The actual ceremony won't take place until June 13th; the $1 million pot for the main prize is presented by the President of Finland. (Others winners split roughly $300,000 between them.) A Torvalds win would be poetic, since he was born in Finland and first announced Linux while studying at the University of Helsinki -- all of which is covered in the "Story of Linux" video above.
The Linux Foundation took the opportunity to toot the operating system's horn; Linux may be an afterthought on most desktops, but according to the Foundation…
…it powers the popular Android phones and eight out of 10 financial trades; it runs Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major web networks. It is the dominant OS for supercomputers, supporting nine of 10 of these major systems, and is the preferable platform for cloud computing.
The honor couldn't go to a more deserving guy. Keep your fingers crossed for Linus!