No, Linus Torvalds is just not Bitcoin’s legendary creator Satoshi Nakamoto


One of many nice tech mysteries is “Who actually is Bitcoin’s inventor, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto?” Not too long ago, some individuals thought Linus Torvalds, the developer behind each the world’s hottest working system, Linux, and its hottest growth instrument, the Git distributed model management (DVC) system, had additionally claimed he was the world’s hottest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, inventor: The perplexing Satoshi Nakamoto.

This story acquired its begin within the cryptocurrency information web site, BeInCrypto. There a author argued that “Linux creator Linus Torvalds appears to be claiming that he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, the daddy of Bitcoin. Is he joking or is that this the actual deal?” 

The explanation for this declare? In a GitHub Linux kernel repository, it appeared Torvalds had modified a single line within the Linux Kernel. The change: ‘Title = I’m Satoshi.’ 

And folks had been off to the races. Information tales appeared right here, there, and in all places. The large query “Is he or is not he?” was debated on Twitter, Reddit, and Ycombinator.

Again within the late 2000s, nobody actually cared. Sure, there was a paper entitled, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Digital Money System” by Satoshi Nakamoto, however so what. There had been a number of papers that went nowhere. However then Nakamoto launched the primary Bitcoin program, model 0.1 on an early open-source code web site, SourceForge, and launched the community with the genesis block of bitcoin aka block quantity 0. The race to cryptocurrency had began and it is nonetheless occurring in the present day.

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However, then and now, we nonetheless do not know who Satoshi Nakamoto actually is. Nakamoto, who by no means revealed any actual clues as to his identification, stepped again from energetic Bitcoin involvement in mid-2010. Since then, he is vanished from the web.  

There have been many makes an attempt to establish him. For instance, Newsweek made headlines in 2014 when the newsweekly claimed that Satoshi Nakamoto was, in a purloined letter fashion, a quiet Japanese man residing in California named Satoshi Nakamoto. The actual-life Nakamoto has denied the story, and he is now not thought of a prime suspect.  Australian laptop scientist Craig Wright has claimed to be Nakamoto. However Wright’s been unable to point out he controls any of the unique Bitcoin. 

Torvalds himself has been suspected of being Nakamoto a number of instances through the years. However nobody who is aware of him effectively, and I contemplate myself a kind of, have ever thought he was the Bitcoin mastermind. It is simply so, so not Linus. 

So, whereas many individuals had been discussing the “proof,” I made a decision simply to ask Linus. This is what he needed to say.

“I am afraid that’s only a jokester profiting from how GitHub works – it shares git objects between completely different repositories, so you should use the SHA1 ‘identify’ of an object to specify one thing you probably did in your individual tree, after which use my repository as the net identify, and make it appear like your object is in my tree.”

Others had made the identical level, however the Bitcoin fanatics would not take heed to such a logical common sense rationalization. 

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Torvalds went on, “So the “torvalds/linux” a part of that URL is mainly simply empty noise, designed to idiot individuals into pondering it is in my tree. You would change it with every other GitHub repository identify – the precise related half is simply the SHA1 hash half.”

Nonetheless, Torvalds added, “The ‘every other’ won’t be solely true – it could be that GitHub solely shares objects between repositories which are associated. So possibly the jokester wanted to start out his repository as a clone of mine to get the required object sharing – I have never checked.” 

In any case, Torvalds is just not Nakamoto. 

“So no,” Torvalds concluded, “I am sadly not the proprietor of an enormous stash of authentic bitcoins.”

And, there you might have it, people. Nakamoto’s actual identification stays a secret.