Linux at 20

Although I have been using Linux for a few years, I had forgotten that this operating system is now twenty years old. Yes, that’s right, Linus Torvalds, the original author of Linux, first released his creation to the world in 1991.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, in a recent post on his Linux and Open Source blog, discusses a number of appropriate dates for Linux’s birthday with Linus Torvalds.  These include August 25, 1991 as the date of quite a famous newsgroup posting.


“Hello everybody out there using minix – I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones…”

Linus Torvalds
comp.os.minix
25-Aug-91

I'm celebrating 20 years of Linux with  The Linux Foundation!

Amanda McPherson, in her blog at The Linux Foundation, writes “Twenty years ago this summer, Linus Torvalds made a bold decision to share his operating system with the world. Not long after that, he chose to license it under the General Public License. Nothing in computing has been the same since.”

So, thanks Linus and – Happy Birthday! – Linux.

References:

Celebrate 20 Years of Linux With Us
http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/blogs/browse/2011/04/celebrate-20-years-linux-us

Twenty Years of Linux according to Linus Torvalds
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/twenty-years-of-linux-according-to-linus-torvalds/8663

History of Linux
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/rhasan/linux/

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