Linux Celebrates its 20th Anniversary and the Story of its Roots [Infographic]
Linux is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate, the Linux Foundation created an infographic that highlights events in the past 20-years from the open-source movement. its also launching a video contest that will be judged by Linux founder Linus Torvalds.
Linux is arguably the best example of how open-source has attracted a worldwide developer community. It’s a group that has made perhaps the most significant contributions to the world’s technology infrastructure.
Highlights from the timeline show how much has been achieved:
- 1991: Linus Torvalds posts message: “Hello everyone out there,” and releases first Linix code.
- 1993: Black Whale introduces first stand alone distribution.
- 1994: Linus visits an aquarium, gets bit by a penguin and adopts the animal as the Linux mascot.
- 1999: Red Hat goes pubic.
- 2003: Torvalds appears on the cover of Business Week in story that says Linux is a business success.
- 2007: Linux Foundation is formed to promote projects and standardize Linux.
- 2010: Linux-based Android operating system becomes a huge success.
- 2011: Linux turns 20 and powers the world’s businesses, stock exchanges and supercomputers.
A video from the Linux Foundation does a nice job explaining the history.
The Linux Foundation is also conducting a video contest. This year’s contest will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Linux. It will seek the best user-generated videos that celebrate Linux while demonstrating the impact of the operating system on computing, business and/or culture over the last 20 years and today.
More information about the contest is available on the Linux Foundation Web site.