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3. It's interesting you named Linus Torvalds, because Business 2.0 just last week named him one of the "10 people who do not matter" and it seems they are right, in that innovation does not come in the OS kernal anymore, but in the higher relms of software/service design. Lawrence Lessing would seem to be more influential in open/free movements if that is your thought.

"Linus Torvalds
Creator, Linux
It's a testament to the success of Torvalds's open-source ideas that he's on this list at all. His Linux operating system is fast, cheap, and out of control - and that's entirely by design. While Torvalds still oversees any changes made to the innermost core of Linux, most of the innovation is now done by others, and commercial businesses like Red Hat and Novell increasingly steer its future. Although he can claim credit for popularizing one of the most powerful ideas ever to sweep through the software industry, Torvalds's project has matured to such an extent that it's largely outgrown its illustrious creator."


Interesting point. I suspect Chavez won't matter much in a few years, either.

What I didn't make clear in my response to the questions was that I chose these people for what they represent:

McCain: leaders who may be able to lessen the polarization within US society

Chavez: populist politics in South America

Torvalds: open source, distributed team initiatives

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