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Torvalds (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtuːɹ.vald̥s]) is a Swedish/Finnish family name. It may refer to:


  • Ole Torvalds (1916–1995), journalist and poet
  • Nils Torvalds (b. 1945), son of Ole; broadcast journalist, writer and politician
  • Linus Torvalds (b. 1969), son of Nils; software engineer and creator of the Linux kernel, who now works and lives in the U.S.


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