Major Linux Milestones Reached

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Two major milestones for Linux, the open source and very popular operating system, have come to pass.  First, Linux turned 20 years old and the Linux Foundation released an infographic (below) to commemorate the event and the history of the OS.

Since its inception in 1991, Linux has literally come to dominate the computing world as we know it.  It’s in the servers that power some of the world’s most trafficked websites like Amazon.com, Facebook, and many others.  It also powers Android phones, which are the most-shipped phones on the planet.

The Linux Foundation has also released a video about the first 20 years of Linux and is holding a contest in which participants can create their own videos about the 20 years.  Winners will receive airfare, registration and hotel expenses to attend one of four big events: LinuxCon North America, LinuxCon Europe, SXSW 2012 or the LA Film Festival.

Another milestone that Linux has traversed?  It’s long-time battle with (rumored Microsoft-funded) SCO has ended with Linux winning out over the ownership claims of the company.  As a result, one of the websites that receives more traffic than any other Linux-oriented websites, Groklaw.net, is closing down.

That website, a sort of blog and political action website, was created by Pamela “PJ” Jones, a paralegal and fan of Linux.  She started the site to combat the negative PR that SCO was attempting to spread.  She built a community of activists and legal experts and defeated SCO’s campaign.


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