Happy 26th birthday Linux 🐧!
On 25 August 1991 Linus Torvalds sent a message out about a hobby project he was working on that he needed some fed back on. At the time, he believed the "minix" project he'd been working on was almost ready to be used publicly.
“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),” wrote Torvalds in the comp.os.minix message board in 1991.
Over the years Linux has moved from being a hobbyist's operating system to being the back office operating system of choice for many enterprises and some of the popular websites we visit daily.
Today the Linux Foundation has over 13,000 developers who have contributed to the Linux Kernel since the entire project went up on Git in 2005. A long way from the first group of developers who worked with Torvalds to eventually have the first public version of Linux released during October of 1991.
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