Linux is 20 years old this year … first unveiled in September 1991 as version 0.01. Three years later, in March of 1994, Linux 1.0.0 was released with 176,250 lines of code. The Linux Kernel soon grew into 14+ million lines of code, and now runs much of the world’s most important servers.
Of course, the kernel isn’t all of what we know as Linux. The GNU tools that surround it make up GNU/Linux and indeed the many distributions we know and love today, such as Red Hat, Debian, Slackware and Ubuntu.
Watch this video for a brief overview of the history of Linux.
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