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20 Years of GNU/Linux

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 7, 2011 04:15PM
Author: jjjrmy

Two decades ago a college student named Linus Torvalds started working on free operating system as just a hobby. Linus developed Linux combined with GNU as an open source alternative to Unix. Little did he know, he developed a famous operating system kernel that has taken on many flavors. Since then, a battle between Linux and Microsoft has raged on.

The battle is over and Linux has defeated Microsoft. Why, you ask? Linux has gone farther than Microsoft in almost every market. The main markets being server-side computer and mobile devices. GNU/Linux today powers almost all Internet traffic. Linux can also be found in many new electronics, such as televisions, camcorders, e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. Linux has become dominant in almost every category of computing, ranging from small devices to large supercomputers.

Although Windows is still being used by 90% of all traditional computers, Linux users have not given up on the desktop market yet. Today, the desktop operating system is becoming less important as more and more things are being done in the browser. Not to mention that now smartphones and tablets draw people away from their desktops, and guess what is running those, Linux. Possibly, in the future, all you'll need is a small OS to run the browser and GNU/Linux will be a perfect choice.

It has been twenty years and we have seen how far GNU/Linux has come, let us see what the next twenty years holds.



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medbor on April 7, 2011 08:43PM
Chrome OS? LINUX!
jjjrmy on April 8, 2011 05:20AM
Chrome OS is the future. Which I'm pretty sure is a flavor of Linux.
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ActionParsnip on April 8, 2011 02:06PM
Why does an OS have to "beat" another. It's nonsense! An OS is a tool for a job so if the system is to be used for task A and Linux does the job better than Windows then use Windows however if a different system cannot fulfil it's task under Linux and needs Windows then Linux would be a bad choice. Just use the OS which fits the requirements of the system. This whole "Linux beats Windows" is just pathetic. People need to grow up
jjjrmy on April 10, 2011 05:24AM
It's all about money.

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