Linux Lore

On August 25, 1991, a Finnish graduate student named Linus Torvalds posted a message to the newsgroup comp.os.minix that began:
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...
And with that, Linux was born. As a free version of the Unix operating system for use on Intel x86 "PCs" computers, Linux spread like wildfire. Torvalds released his creation under the GNU public license, thereby invited other hackers to modify, improve his code for Linux so long as they sent him their changes to be incorporated in future versions. The rest, as they say, is history. To date, hundreds of programmers worldwide have volunteered time and talent into crafting the kernel and there are now dozens of different flavours, or distributions (distros), of Linux. While it still remains uncertain whether Linux will overtake MS Windows on desktop PCs, it has established a solid foothold in the mid-range server market and is now considered a viable alternative for consumers looking for an alternative operating system.

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