Linux 101 #1: The history of Linux

History of Linux

In 1991, a Finnish student called Linus Torvalds started a project that would later be known as ‘The Linux kernel’. This Unix-based kernel is found in all distributions of Linux, whether it is Redhat, Fedora, CentOs, Ubuntu, …


When Linus started his project, he initially thought of it becoming something ‘not serious’ and ‘just for fun’. So the scope was limited to personal use only. Ever since, the Linux kernel has been expanded by various developers to support a  wide range of computer architectures. There are also special interest groups and developers that dedicate their time and resources to develop this kernel even further, even large software and hardware companies.

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