Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer best known for initiating the development of Linux. He now acts as the project's coordinator (or Benevolent Dictator for Life).
Linus was inspired by Minix (a kernel and operating system developed by Andrew Tanenbaum) to develop a capable Unix-like operating system that could be run on a [PC. Linux now also runs on many other architectures.
Torvalds owns the "Linux" trademark, and monitors  use (or abuse) of it chiefly through the non-profit organization Linux International.
- Torvalds's home page (quite outdated)
- Biography and Pictures
- The Rampantly Unofficial Linus Torvalds FAQ
- Leader of the Free World - How Linus Torvalds became the benevolent dictator of Planet Linux, the biggest collaborative project in history (Wired News)
- Benevolent Dictator. A slightly skeptical unauthorized biography and the first ten years of Linux (Softpanorama)
- The famous "LINUX is obsolete" thread from the comp.os.minix newsgroup
- Andrew S. Tanenbaum on the origins of Linux (2004)
- Martin Luther, Meet Linus Torvalds
- How Linus pronounces LINUX
- Open Source Development Labs, Inc.
- Part of Business 2.0's List of "10 people who don't matter"
- How to pronounce Linux
- The Microsoft Memo
- The Code
- Open Warfare in Open Source from Business Week
- Hot air in debates on GPL, content control from C|Net (1.16.07)