He's been listed as one of The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time, and was a 2008 inductee to the Computer History Museum.
In 2004, he was called one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In 2000, he ranked #17 in Time's Person of the Century Poll.
That same year he was awarded an honorary dotor status at the University of Helsinki, a Lovelace Medal and an Award for Industry Achievement by Infoworld.
But back in 1998, Linus Torvalds was a man with a manifesto and he sat down with boot to discuss the future of open source software and Linux.