Linux Celebrates 22 years of Successful Growth since 1991

I’ve been using Linux from the past 2 years or so, and i can tell this much, ‘Its the best Operating System out there‘.

Tux, the Linux penguin

Tux, the Linux penguin

Yesterday, Linux celebrated its 22 years of survival in this Corporate World of OEM‘s. Gone are the days when Linux was just used in few thousand Professional Companies, now its being used in millions of Industries around the World.

As of Yesterday, creator Linus Torvalds — marked the occasion in characteristically understated fashion.

Specifically, echoing his original message from August 26, 1991, inviting feature requests for his then-nascent OS, Torvalds published a similarly worded note late last month announcing the arrival of the Linux 3.11-rc7 kernel release.

“I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, even if it’s big and professional) for 486+ AT clones and just about anything else out there under the sun,” Torvalds wrote on Google+. “This has been brewing since april 1991, and is still not ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in Linux 3.11-rc7.”

More than 1,500 plus-ones and nearly 900 reshares later, there no doubt Torvalds got the word out about Linux’s latest milestone. Down at the Linux blogosphere’s Broken Windows Lounge, drinks were on the house to celebrate the occasion.

Twenty-two years? Where has the time gone?” began Linux Rants blogger Mike Stone, for example.

“Looking back over everything that Linux has accomplished in that time, it becomes a lot easier to quantify what Linux hasn’t achieved than what it has,”

Stone added. “Linux has yet to conquer the desktop PC. Yea, that’s pretty much it.

“Everywhere else Linux goes it’s at the minimum a major player,” he pointed out. “It’s pretty amazing that this little project of Linus’s (you know, nothing big and professional) has come so far and it does so much.”

Speaking of desktops, “we users were misguided by computer vendors to think another OS was the only or better option,” Google+ blogger Gonzalo Velasco C. suggested. “But this has also being changing, slowly.”

In any case, “where can it go in the future? Who knows? The sky is the limit!” Stone concluded. “Well, I guess Linux already is used on the International Space Station, so I guess the sky isn’t the limit. With desktop computers fading in relevance, expect the last barriers to Linux to drop allowing it to become a truly dominant force.”

Thousands of contributors and hundreds of organizations large and small have shared in the responsibility of providing a good operating system kernel complete with drivers for just about everything. In short, “the Linux play has gone through several big acts but there does not seem to be any conclusion in sight.

English: Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux ...

English: Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel.

Talking about the Global Domination, consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack offered,”Linux “has been good to me”. “It provided a good hobby in my late teens followed by a solid decade-long career. Hopefully it continues on its path of success.”

Twenty-two may not be a particularly notable number, but it’s significant in this case “because we are in the middle of a profound transformation in computing,” Google+ blogger Kevin O’Brien opined. “Microsoft looks increasingly like a rudderless company, and at the same time a platform shift to mobile devices is over-shadowing the traditional desktop.

“Linux is at the heart of the new mobile platform,” O’Brien concluded, “and it is running the data centers that serve up the Internet. We are witnessing global domination.”

“My personal prediction is that Linux-based operating systems in one form or another will become ‘Humanity’s Operating System”

while I can say that I didn’t jump up and down when Linux hit the big 22, perhaps that’s just because it has done so well that it is a given, like a friend who is always there for you and will never let you down

Happy Birthday, Linux

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About Kanthala Raghu

I am from Hyderabad, so I love to drink coke. I also love to explore Internet, which conflicts with love #1. I'm currently pursuing my Graduation in Electronics & Communications. I mostly blog about Tech, News, Open Source, whatever I'm learning about and shout down people who I disagree with - because I can't go to bed until people stop being wrong on the Internet.