This post is a bit late, if you consider Linus Torvald’s announcement on the usenet group comp.os.minix on August 25th, 1991, the birth date of Linux. Or a bit early, if you consider his first release of Kernel version 0.01 on September 17th, 1991, the actual birthday.
So we are somewhat in the middle toasting to Linux.
It is a peculiar feeling. On the one hand, Linux is quite new. What is 25 years? Yet, it feels like I have been using it forever. And I could not imagine working without it.
And you should celebrate too. Whether you are using a smartphone or tablet with Android (market share ~ 80%), or because you are reading this post. Both are powered by Linux. One could claim, 90% of the internet is powered by Linux. Certainly our server is, like ~ 90 % of all web servers.
And Linux is running on many other devices you are using. In all likelihood your router at home and at the office is running on Linux, as well as your satellite navigation system and your TV. Of the 500 fastest super computers 497 are running on Linux.
The next outstanding issue, still Linus is running the show. Along with by now thousands or tens of thousands of volunteers. Because although the first 10,000 lines of code in version 0.01 were written by Linus, within less than two years hundreds of the best hackers in the world had added much more to it.
Linux was the first free open source software project of that magnitude. And it is the largest.
So, happy birthday Linux!
And thank you so much to Linus and the countless people making it happen every day.
PS: Isn’t it about time, you kiss good-bye to bloody Windows on your laptop or desktop, and give Linux a go?