I do not think it means what you think it means.
This is in reference to the latest interview of Linus Torvalds by CIO.com presented here: Five Things Linus Torvalds Has Learned About Managing Software Projects
From the article: Linus Torvalds needs no introduction in operating systems or open-source circles. He's the creator, muse and chief developer of the Linux operating system. Torvalds started Linux while he was in college in 1991.
Linus seems to be saying some pretty reasonable things lately, but the people who interview him keep crediting him with creating an "operating system" called "Linux".
The problem with this assertion is that Richard Stallman started the GNU project (which GNU/Linux is based on) while Linus Torvalds was still hanging from his mothers teat.
Ok, that's probably an exaggeration. Richard Stallman initiated the GNU project in 1983.
Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and give it away free(1) to everyone who can use it. Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly needed.
At the time Richard Stallman had initiated the GNU project, Linus Torvalds was only 13 years old according to my calculation. So maybe he wasn't hanging from his mother's teat, but he may have been playing with He-Man and Battle-Cat action figures.
Linus Torvalds started his Linux kernel project in 1991. It is published under the GNU General Public License, compiled with the GNU C compiler, interacts with programs through GNU libc.
This false assertion that Linus Torvalds created an "operating system" called "Linux" needs to be corrected each time it is said or printed. I wish Linus himself would correct the people who make this assertion.