Happy Birthday Linux : 27 Years Of Freedom

Happy Birthday Linux : 27 Years Of Freedom

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It’s been 27 years since Linux was born. Linux celebrates 27th birthday today. Meanwhile, There is some interesting fact about Linux’s birth date too. Some people consider October 5, 1991 as a birthday ( First public release of code) and some people celebrate August 25, as the “birth” date of the project.

Happy Birthday Linux : 27 Years Of Freedom

In 1991, Linus Torvalds began a project that later became the Linux kernel while studying computer science at University of Helsinki. On 25 August 1991, Linus announced Linux in a Usenet posting to the newsgroup “comp.os.minix”.


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. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d 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).

I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them 🙂

Linus ([email protected])

PS. Yes – it’s 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 that’s all I have :-(.

— Linus Torvalds


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Now, There are 20,323,379 lines of code in the Linux kernel. Initially, Linus Torvalds wanted to call Linux by the name of  Freax, combination of  “freak”, and “x”. Torvalds announced penguin as a Linux mascot in 1996.

Happy Birthday Linux : 27 Years Of Freedom

Some of the popular Linux operating systems are Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOs, Linux Mint, Elementary Os and many more.

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