Video: The Story of Linux

Tux the Penguin, the Linux mascot

Maybe you’ve heard of Linux but aren’t really sure what it’s all about. Or maybe you’re a kernel developer. Either way, this is a great video.

For the “Lin-what?” crowd: In 1991, Linus Torvalds, a student in Helsinki, sent a now-famous email that kicked off what’s now known as the open source operating system Linux. Twenty years later, Linux runs the fastest supercomputers in the world all the way down to much smaller computers you use every day.

For those who already knew that: This year’s Linux Foundation Video Contest is all about the 20th anniversary. Torvalds will be picking his favorite one-minute video that celebrates Linux’s past, present, and/or future.

And finally, that video I mentioned–the Linux Foundation has created its own quick history to celebrate the 20-year milestone.

 

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By day, Ruth works to make open source software communities better. The rest of the time, she makes things, which means her husband and kids know to watch out for stray sewing pins and to ask before eating anything made of fondant.