Well, you know… little girls & boys admire athletes, singers, actors… We, OS geeks, tend to respect and admire engineers (for the most part). Come in and vote for your favorite tech icon, let us see who is the “big tech star” these days!A sad part of this poll is that there are many engineers working on marvelous stuff (e.g. ex-Be engineers, Solaris, HP-UX, SGI engineers, Microsoft and Apple “anonymous” engineers etc etc) but by not working on an open environment, like the open source scene, it makes it very difficult to identify these individuals. I am sure that there are some extremely intelligent people working on many sectors in the tech industry, but by being part of big corporations they don’t build “a name” for themeselves, so we can’t include them on the poll, as most voters won’t ‘know’ them.
Other developers in the open source scene are well-known, but we can’t be possibly include all these people in the poll, so we selected a few of them based on their popularity in the general OS scene. Additionally, I tried to include “active” engineers/architects still working on platform/OS stuff, not historical figures like Wozniak or RMS.
Note 1: The poll is now closed, thank you for voting.