The penguin‘s growth through the ages
considering the geek value and thealmost cult status of Linux today, you would think it has been around foreons (at least in IT time!). Actually, Linux was officially introduced only in1991 by its famed creator Linus Torvalds, who at the time was a student atthe University of Helsinki in Finland. Little did he know that his creationwould grow in size and popularity to the extent it has today. That he did notexpect too much to come forth from his work is evident from this much toofamous excerpt of his mail to a newsgroup:
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I‟m doing a (free) operati
ng 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 resemblesit somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
He ended his mail saying:
it‟s free of any minix code, and it has a multi
-threaded fs. It isNOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-hard disks
, as that‟s all I have :
Let‘s look at some of the interesting things that happened before and after
that mail. The story of operating systems especially that of open sourceOSes is inspiring to anyone who loves technology. Linux will only be whollyappreciated when the
―behind the scenes‖ of its development is known.
The twists and turns that have shaped Linux warrant a separate project, buthere we present what I think are the key points in the evolution of Linux.OK, so we already know Linux is an OS,
that‘s a good starting point.
Operating systems are almost as old as computers themselves. We see, one
can‘t quite live without the other. Simply put, the OS is like the engine for a
car: it is what makes everything else run.
HE OPERATING SYSTEM
Think of any device, not just a computer, on which applications can beinstalled: there has to be an OS. For example, your mobile handheld thatallows you to download and install applications has an OS.