Happy Birthday Linux!
Linux turned 25 years old on Aug. 25.
Back in the day in 1991 was the day Linus Torvalds posted his message asking for assistance from fellow coders about a personal project.
In a message board, he requested for feedback from developers’ on an OS which was “just a hobby,” and according to its author “won’t be big and professional like gnu.” Meanwhile, Linux expanded way beyond any limits than Torvalds might have fathomed at the time.
The OS keeps important parts of the internet infrastructure going, powers up data centers from big names in the industry, and helps coders build stock exchanges, websites, and the most popular smartphone OS. What is more, the majority of global supercomputers run on Linux.
Despite not being able to rival Microsoft’s dominance over the PC environment, Linux is active on millions of desktops. In fact, it is so popular that Microsoft recently announced in June that the company’s software development platform .NET Core 1.0 will run on Linux as well as Mac OS X.
Despite not being able to rival Microsoft’s dominance over the PC environment, Linux is active on millions of desktops. As the operating system saw increased traction, Linux development started to rely more on professional coders than unpaid volunteers.
Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu), said that the organization is continuing to “support Linux’s journey as the production platform for the enterprise and telecoms infrastructure we see today.” She added that while cloud technology runs almost entirely on Linux, Canonical still thinks the desktop is important to Linux’s growth. Ubuntu also started as a desktop OS, and it’s still used for both mobile and desktop programs, she said.
In the next 25 years, Silber believed that developers and software organizations can put their trust in Linux for everyday needs, whether it’s for simple developments, or for things like the IoT or machine learning.
Canonical also sees software remaining free to share so it can continue to improve by the community. Under the GPL, no one can take advantage of anyone’s code, and it will always remain free, said Torvalds.
Canonical’s Silber agreed: The fact that Linux is still an open platform is something to celebrate, she said.