well, the obvious answer is linus... (atleast he did the kernel, GNU coders coded lots of linux too) but there were rumors going on that linus copied code off of minix. i found a nice history articile made by the coder of minix. nothing revolutionary about it. he dissmisses these rumors, but it was pretty interesting to read, this guy writes well. so here it is: http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/brown/ enjoy.