10 Techies in the Shadows - Ted Tso, chief platform strategist, Linux Foundation
When you think Linux, you think Linus (as in Torvalds). But Ts'o is a top-level Linux kernel developer whose accomplishments are renowned in the open-source community: He was the first North American kernel developer, and, in August 1991, he set up the first FTP service between Finland and the United States.
His more recent work includes being the chair of the IP Security working group for the Internet Engineering Task Force, the standards body for the Internet; creator and organizer of the Annual Linux Kernel Summit; and technical lead for the MIT Kerberos 5 development team. He also won the 2006 Award for the Advancement of Free Software, which is bestowed by the Free Software Foundation.
Some of the people on this list are little-known co-founders playing second banana to more famous names. Others have broken new ground or developed much-heralded technologies without winning much fame for themselves. You should know them, and, more importantly, you should know what they do. By Michael Hickins