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SETI Fwd: Linus Torvalds Wins Election, Declared Next Leader of...
Tue, 2 Mar 1999 09:26:31 EST

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Forewarded this from the business news wire.
You have to read well into the (humor based) article to get the seti
I still don't get the seti relevence myself, except that maybe this company's
PR person is a seti enthusiast.

John Marcus.

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Subject: Linus Torvalds Wins Election, Declared Next Leader of...
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 08:50:01 EST
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Linus Torvalds Wins Election, Declared Next Leader of Free World; Post
Election Party Celebrates His Victory

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 2, 1999--Linuxcare, Inc.
(, the first company to provide a complete solution for
Linux technical support to Fortune 1000 companies, announced today Linus
Torvalds' historic landslide election victory as the next leader of the Free
World. Torvalds won 73% of the votes, giving him a huge win over candidates
Bill Gates (9%), George W. Bush, Jr. (6%), Bill Bradley (5%), Al Gore (4%),
and Dan Quayle (4%). The announcement of the winner appears in a full page ad
in today's Northern California Edition of the Wall Street Journal.

The election results are notable for several reasons. In a trial run of
"direct democracy," votes were submitted electronically via the World Wide Web
at This bypassed the Electoral College system currently
used to elect U.S. Presidents. Many question the role of indirect democracy in
an age when the majority of the population is on-line. The election was also
remarkable for the fact that the techies, notably Bill Gates, Chairman of the
world's largest software company, and Linus Torvalds, founder of the world's
largest software movement, trounced their inside-the-beltway competition.
Whether this portends a power-shift from backrooms to chatrooms is too early
to foretell.

Most remarkably, this is the first time a foreign-born citizen has been
elected to the land's highest office. Torvalds -- not yet 30

-- is a native of Finland, a large country in northern Europe that straddles
the Arctic Circle. Before his landslide election victory, Torvalds was best
known for inventing Linux, the Open Source computer operating system that now
claims more than 12 million adherents, a much larger group than the entire
population of his native land.

Torvalds, who was born, raised, and educated in Helsinki, Finland,
currently lives in Santa Clara, Calif. with his wife and two daughters.
Whether or not he's interested in moving his young family into the White House
is not certain. However, if he does, it is likely that he'll want a T-3 in the
Oval Office.

Come and celebrate Linus' victory tonight, Tuesday, March 2, at the
Linuxcare Party at LinuxWorld -- from 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 3
at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose. Together with partners VA
Research, SuSE and IDG, Linuxcare will throw an exciting "Extraterrestrial
Extravaganza." Lots of interplanetary surprises will be on hand including a
short film about the adventures of Linux users (shot during "Windows Refund
Day" at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Headquarters). Representatives from the
SETI Institute will be available to discuss their efforts to answer the
question "Are we alone in the Universe?" Partygoers will groove to the retro-
futuristic-alien-surf-music of Atlanta's most far-out band, "Man or Astroman?"
The Party will also feature door prizes, celestial food, libations and
more...including a visit from a VERY special guest from Redmond!


Antenna Group

Marie Clark, 415/977-1916

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