Key players

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There are a couple of key players on planet GNU–Linux:

Name # info
Linus Torvalds 1 invented the Linux kernel. He is the boss.
Greg Kroah-Hartmann 2 Torvald’s kernel Lieutenant who has a say in Linux policy formulation
Richard Stallman 3 academic who started GNU, the free programs to make use of a Linux kernel.
Lennart Poettering 4 famous Linux system programmer employed by IBM , red hat department
Mark Shuttleworth 5 rich guy owning Canonical, a commercial firm that makes the Ubuntu distro
Simon Steinbeiß 6 Release-manager for the Xfce desktop
Sean M. Davis 7 Xfce developer and XUbuntu technical lead
Dylan Baker 8 Mesa developer and release manager