A word of Caution : The journey of a Linux user is
more of a roller-coaster ride.
But it's totally worth it !!
● What is Linux ?
● Is Linux an Operating System ?
● What's the Penguin doing there ??
● Linux is not an operating system. !!
● Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that
allocates the machine's resources to the other programs
that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an
operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function
in the context of a complete operating system.
● Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU
“ Need is the mother of all invention”
● UNIX OS came with an expensive price & was owned by AT&T.
● MINIX, a Unix-like system intended for academic use whose
source code for the system was available, modification and
redistribution were restricted. In addition, MINIX's 16-bit design
was not well adapted to the 32-bit features of the increasingly
cheap and popular Intel 386 architecture for personal
● A 21 yr old Finnish student buys an Intel 80386 board,
containing the first x86 microprocessor with 32-bit instruction
● Linux initially started as a terminal emulator which Torvalds
used to access the large UNIX servers of the university. He
wrote the program specifically for the hardware he was using
and independent of an operating system because he wanted to
use the functions of his new PC with an 80386 processor.
● Development was done on MINIX using the GNU C compiler.
“It all started with an email”
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional
like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is
starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix,
as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due
to practical reasons) among other things).
I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This
implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know
what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I
won't promise I'll implement them :-)
PS. Yes – it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT
portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support
anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
Awesome Facts about Linux
● Only 2 per cent of the code, which was originally written by Torvalds,
remains in the current Linux kernel.
● The top 10 supercomputers in the world use Linux. Linux accounts for 33.8
per cent of the world’s data servers compared to the operating systems from
Microsoft, which account for only 7.3 per cent.
● Bullet trains in Japan, the New York Stock Exchange, CERN and the San
Francisco traffic control systems run on Linux.
● Some of the biggest technology related companies like Google, Twitter,
LinkedIn, Facebook etc. use Linux as their primary operating system.
● A Standard Linux Kernel of today has over 10 Million lines of code and it
grows at the rate of 10% every year. About 4500 lines of codes are added
and 1500 lines of code are changed everyday. Initially in 1991, Linux kernel
version 0.01 was released with 10239 lines of code.
● Oscar-winning visual effects of the Titanic by James Cameron came from
machines with Linux and Avatar was the last movie completely developed in
3D Applications on Linux platform using Foss Software.
● An asteroid has been named after Torvalds in order to honour him.