Linux, Happy 25th birthday

25 years old transform Linux on August 25, the day Linus Torvalds his fateful message with a new operating system sent out asking for help. “I’m doing a (free) operating system for 386 (486) (just a hobby, will not be big and professional like gnu) AT clones. This is brewing since April, and begins to prepare. 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 (for practical reasons) among other things), “he wrote in the comp.os. minix message board. And the rest, as they say, is history.

What is particularly interesting about Torvalds’ Remarkably, there. Not of snark or derision followed but with general interest While we believe that up to Torvalds actually prepared to show a product, potential users can chalk, we are also reminded that the Internet in 1991 was a very different place than it is today.

The Linux Foundation has just released a detailed report on the operating system with highlights from the past 25 years. They write that 13,500 developers have contributed 1,300 companies kernel because the whole project to Git rose in 2005. The most interesting bit of data?

“In the time between 3:19 and 4.7 versions the kernel community changes at an average rate of 7.8 patches per hour was mixed; this is a slight increase from the 7.71 patches per hour in the previous version of this report and “saw a continuation of the long-term trend towards higher patch volume. that the Linux kernel is almost constantly be repaired and all of a volunteer army updated by dedicated programmers manage the glue of the Internet to see.

You can the entire report can be read here.

Linux now runs most of the websites you visit and runs on everything from gas pumps to smart watches. The OS teaches children thanks to the Raspberry Pi to program and it helped the French police save million euros. Heck, even Microsoft releases code for Linux. If you can not beat ’em, join’ em.

For a bit more insight into the history of the OS, I would recommend Rebel code and
Just for fun. These books to be released Linux time has come to the fore, to tell the fascinating story of Torvalds and his not “big and professional” side project.

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