Have to say reading that Linus Torvalds no-longer considers himself a programmer saddened me. Although he does issue “suggestions for corrections” in the form of pseudo-code, according to the article I read, he’s not really involved in development it seems to suggest. This coming from the genius who initiated the Linux kernel and wrote git, both of which have revolutionised the world of computing, in my opinion.
On a personal note, I’m roughly the same age as Linus and remember being fascinated by Minix at about the same time he became interested in it and started writing Linux. For me the initial interest in Linux was because the code for a complete kernel was available to read, beyond which due to GNU, code for complete, real-world applications e.g. the compiler were also available to read. Amazing! Even now I like to hop over to the kernel website to have a little browse, see what’s being added