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Linux-Linus gör finlandssvenskarna kända ute i stora världen. Åtminstone i kodknackarkretsar. I boken Rebel Code av Glyn Moody kan följande läsas:

The Torvalds family formed part of the Swedish-speaking community in Finland, about 300,000 strong in a total population of 5 million. That their mother tongue has nothing in common linguistically with the Finnish language that surrounds them has doubtless helped them become a very close-knit group. Reflecting this, Swedish speakers themselves call this society within a society "Ankdammen"-the Duck Pond.

One of Linus's friends from Helsinki, future fellow hacker Lars Wirzenius, says, "Almost all Swedish-speaking people know lots of other Swedish-speaking people, who know lots of other Swedish-speaking people, and the end result is that everyone either knows everyone, or knows someone who knows someone."


DECEMBER 2001
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