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Where are they now... Linus Torvalds

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As we count down to silicon.com's sixth annual Agenda Setters poll of tech's 50 most influential individuals, it is time to look back at those individuals who held top 10 positions in 2004. Today we catch up with the 'father of Linux' Linus Torvalds.

Given that Linus Torvalds is among the few individuals to appear on every Agenda Setters list since the project's inception in 2000, it seems a good bet he'll make it again in 2005.

The man who created the Linux operating system, a cornerstone of the open source software world, Torvalds is chosen for the list again and again for being a symbol of all non-proprietary software.

In 2004 he came in at number seven - tied with rival Bill Gates - but, proof of his popularity, was voted second only to Steve Jobs by readers.

The past year has been a prosperous one for Torvalds' creation, with Linux migrations continuing in the public sector, new uses of the OS for voice over IP installations appearing, and an increasing acceptance of Linux in the mainstream corporate IT world.

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