Role Model - Linus Torvalds

A Three-Minute Presentation

The INFO 386 - Professionalism In Informatics assignment was to give a three-minute presentation on our "tech industry role model"—the key here being three minutes. I'm most acclimated to a ten minute presentation—ten minutes is typical in college. Cramming a good defense of anything into a brisk three minutes involves diluting the topic significantly—ideally into the most hard-hitting and sensational components, which is the reason behind the selection of my arguments. Our presentations were recorded, and we would later individually sit with the instructor and rewatch them, analyzing ourselves for weaknesses in our delivery and strengths to maximize on in later presentations.

Linus Torvalds?

Linus Torvalds is the originator and benevolent project despot of Linux, an operating system and kernel that he began developing for fun in 1991 and which now operates on nearly all supercomputers and 96.5% of web servers. He even wrote the industry standard version control system, git, for the purpose of handling Linux's development by programmers dispersed across the globe. Despite this fact, he isn't deified or a household name of any sort, and doesn't seek to be. I don't think Linux is the best operating system (the best operating system is whatever you're most proficient in), but I appreciate his commitment to creating the best free operating system he possibly can since age 21. Such dedication is impressive.