During Intel’s first day of their InnovatiON event, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger closed his keynote by inviting on-stage Linus Torvalds. Torvalds is the creator of Linux and is a champion of the open-source movement. We’ve covered Linux extensively as it evolves as a gaming platform but outside of that, Linux has been major, community-driven project based-off Linus Torvalds’ original Unix-like OS.
Linux now runs on nearly every major platform and has been tailored to operate even the most complex of servers to simple devices at home. Pat Galsinger gifted Torvalds a signed copy of his book the Intel 80386 manual which kickstarted his journey on developing the predecessor to Linux. He mentioned that he has since launched the book which got a chuckle from Pat.
Pat Gelsinger asked Torvalds’ how he sees the next 20 years to which Torvalds’ replies that he can only see around the next 6 months and that he’s not a visionary, in his humble response. He emphasized that Linux has been success thanks to the work of the community and their shared responsibility in developing and maintaining it.
It is worth noting that Linus Torvalds historically has been a major critic of Intel and his move to have an AMD as his personal rig was even covered as news by tech press so it is quite surprising for Linus Torvalds to appear as the inaugural InnovatiON Lifetime Achievement awardee.