On August 25th 2011, it was a big day for all Linux users. Itís 20th birthday, a major milestone for the Linux family.
20 years ago on 25th August 1991, Linux Torvalds wrote to Ďcomp.os.minixĎ a UseNet newsgroup using Minix Ė a UNIX Operating System.
ďIím doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, wonít be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. Iíd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
Iíve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that Iíll get something practical within a few months, and Iíd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I wonít promise Iíll implement them
PS. Yes Ė itís free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as thatís all I have .Ē
He just started it has his hobby, but Linux has grown from what it was then back in 1991. From big and small hosting companies, ATMís, smart phones and even the common desktop/laptop users, you can see Linux almost everywhere. Itís an ďapple of an eyeĒ equally for a so called techie or geek, developers and common computer users. Now days laptops too come with preinstalled Linux OS.
Just like picking a ice cream flavor of your choice, you can pick your favorite Linux distro Ė RedHat, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, Mandriva, Puppy Linux and the list goes on. These have further custom spins of Linux. Youíll have a version of Linux even to support on computer with the lowest specifications.
People have lost the fear of using Linux. Itís no longer just a command line window without graphical user interface. You can have anything with just a click faster than on Windows. Bug fixes and updates are much faster. Common release cycles happen on between a 6 months to 1 year which keeps its upto date.
Linux has hope for the future to come, a sun shining far away. One day we can hope to see Linux along with the top industry players like Apple and Microsoft.
Best wishes for the future. Belated birthday wishes Linux.
Article Authored by Rosemary J Thomas
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