Most Amazing & Interesting Facts About Linux
It is one of the most powerful and popular operating systems in the world. The Linux operating system was developed by Linus Benedict Torvalds when he was 21 years old. There are currently over 300 flavors of Linux available, which can be enjoyed on this site: Distrowatch.
Linux is freeware software (Free Software), and is well known and worshiped by its loyal users for being free from most Viruses and other malicious software, in addition to being 99.9% customizable by penguin enthusiasts (Linux mascot) worldwide. Next, we’ll see the biggest curiosities about Linux that a lot of people didn’t know.
Top 15 Interesting Facts That you Should Know About Linux:
- Currently, only 2% of the Linux kernel written by Linus Torvalds remains.
- The Linux kernel version is written in the C programming language.
- The first commercial GNU/Linux distribution was Yggdrasil which was released in Live CD format in 1992.
- A “smart” guy named William Della Croce jr. registered the Linux name and charged royalties for the use of the trademark. Later, he agreed to pass the mark on to the real owner, Linus Torvalds.
- Countries like Russia, Brazil, and Venezuela have increasingly focused on Linux as the basis of their independence and efficiency in technology.
- The US Department of Defense, the Navy’s submarine fleet, the Federal Aviation Administration, and most US departments use Linux.
- 90% of the most powerful supercomputers in the world use operating systems based on GNU/Linux. The use of Linux in data centers around the world is very high, around 33.8% use Linux-based Servers while 7.3% use Microsoft operating systems.
- Tux is the official mascot of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is sometimes alleged that the name derives from Torvalds UNIX, a name suggested by James Hughes, rather than the explanation that penguins appear to wear a tuxedo (tuxedo).
- Torvalds initially wanted to name the system Kernel Freax (a combination of Free, freak, and the letter X to indicate that it was a Unix derivative), but his friend Ari Lemke, who managed the FTP server where the Kernel was available for download, ended up naming the directory as Linux kernel Torvalds, hence the name stuck.
- Debian started one of the first projects based on GNU/Linux which was constituted and organized through a community of developers around the world.
- Today, Linux is present in highly critical applications such as bullet trains from Japan, CERN, some air control systems, and even control of nuclear reactors for submarines and warships.
- Linux programmers are often associated with the “totally isolated from the world” lifestyle, however, around 75% of the code developed for the Linux Kernel comes from private sector developers. In fact, big technology companies like Intel, Google, IBM, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Asus, HP, Analog Devices, Oracle, Novell, or Red Hat help in application development, contributing to the development of the GNU / Linux core.
- The GNU project in 1991 had no drivers and kernel, which encouraged Linus Torvalds to create and develop the Linux kernel.
- The Linux kernel is currently the largest ported operating system in the world, running on a wide variety of operating systems.
- Companies are known worldwide, such as Google, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, etc… use Linux as their main operating system.
These are some of the curiosities of the best-known and most loved Open Source system in the world. Of course, there are many more fun facts about the penguin system, but this list is meant to cover only the most interesting to the general public.
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