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Happy Birthday Linux! 30 Years Ago Today, Linus Gave Us Linux!

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Happy 30th Birthday to the Linux kernel! 30 years ago today, August 25th, Linus Torvalds sent out an email to the Minix newsgroup announcing his new hobby project. This hobby became the biggest open source project ever created and arguably the most important software ever created. Linux is use in pretty much every type of computing device from Smartphones to Desktops, from Raspberry Pi’s to the new PineNote, or from Cars to the International Space Station!

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-sytem due to practical reasons)among other things.


I’ve currently ported bash (1.08) an 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 want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them 🙂

Linus Torvalds

Not only is Linux used in all of those devices but it also powers 100% of the top 500 Supercomputers and the vast majority of the internet. Because of this practically everyone benefits from Linux in some way, every day. Everyone is essentially a Linux user, even those that don’t know they are Linux users, are because that is just how far Linux has come in 30 years. I also invite you to check out the amazing article about the History of Unix & Linux written by Eric Londo here on FrontPageLinux.com if you want to learn more about this great platform.

DLN MegaFest: Celebrating 30 Years of Linux!

Linux as a platform means so much to so many people that the Destination Linux Network decided to throw a virtual party. This past Sunday, we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Linux with a special event where anyone could join us in our Jitsi room to talk about Linux, what it means to them, ask DLN Creators anything they wanted to and we also did some gaming with the community. We called this event the DLN MegaFest and the entire MegaFest is available to watch right now on our YouTube channel but here are a few highlights from the event.

If you’d like to know what Linux means to me and the rest of the hosts of the Destination Linux podcast, then check out Destination Linux episode 240 for how Linux affects us and our lives.

Wendy, Nate & Matt of DLN Xtend also discussed what 30 Years of Linux means to them in their latest episode of the DLN Xtend podcast. Below you can check out episode 71 of DLN Xtend.

We’d love you know what Linux means to you as well so please let us know what Linux means to you in the comments below.