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- Torvalds's home page (quite outdated)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- The famous "LINUX is obsolete" thread from the comp.os.minix newsgroup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)