Finnish computer programmer best known for supervising the development of the world’s first graphical web browser, Erwise. The program was created by four students at the Helsinki University of Technology.
During development, Torvalds stored all files on the Finnish University and Research Network’s (Funet) FTP server in a directory called “Freax“. The name was derived from ‘free‘, ‘freak‘ and the ‘x‘ of Unix. Torvalds HAD considered using the name Linux but found it too egoistical. One fine day, Lemmke renamed the directory to Linux without consulting Torvalds, who finally agreed to keep the name. By the way, the term “Linux” is copyrighted in the US by Torvalds to prevent others from making money off his creation.
DEC.com is the fifth oldest domain name. It was registered by Digital Equipment Corporation, which was also the first computer vendor to launch a public web site (on 1th October 1993). At one time it hosted a software repository at gatekeeper.dec.com which was very popular during the pre-WWW days. [more...]