Linus Torvalds has won the Millennium Technology Prize, the prestigious bi-annual award from the Technology Academy Finland, receiving €600,000 ($750,000 or £480,000) in the process. Torvalds shares the honour and cash with Shinya Yamanaka, who won the prize for his work in stem cell research.
Torvalds was originally nominated for his creation of Linux, and how he has also helped further the technology, shared software development, networking, and the openness of the web.
In an interview regarding his accomplishments, Torvalds spoke candidly with the BBC about Linux’s success, and how it was tied to the selfishness of others, and the trust put into the kernel as a whole. Commenting on the past statements of Steve Ballmer, describing Linux as a cancer, Torvalds said:
“Well, let’s say that I’m relieved that Microsoft seems to have at least to some degree stopped seeing Linux as the enemy. The whole “cancer” and “un-American” thing was really pretty embarrassing.”
You can read the full interview on the BBC website.