Linux is a Unix-like and mostly POSIX-compliant computer operating system (OS) assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution. An operating system kernel first released on 5 October 1991 by Linus Torvalds. The Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to describe the operating system, which has led to some controversy.
The development is one of the most prominent examples of free and open-source software collaboration. The underlying source code may be used, modified and distributed—
Check out these amazing facts about Linux and its thorough use today:
- When Torvald began its project, the first kernel occupied only 65 KB. Today, even a regular kernel contains over 10 million lines of source codes.
- Linux powers the New York Stock Exchange. It is better than the traditional Unix, thanks to its fast computing.
- Its kernel had more than 18 million lines of source code in its 3.18 version in 2015 and the rate of its development is unmatched. The improvements accepted into the its kernel is 7.71 per hour, which is equal to about 1,300 changes every week.
- The Department of Defence of the US also uses it massively. The Red Hat Linux runs the nuclear submarines of the United States.
- It is preferably by the tech giants too. For the web and cloud services, it is the first choice for Google, Amazon, Facebook and hosting companies.
- You can run Microsoft Windows and the Linux kernel side by side on the same computer with a software “Cooperative Linux” (coLinux).
- The Scientific Linux controls the particle accelerator at CERN. It is based on Red Hat which is also a free and open Operating System.
- Its kernel has expanded exponentially since it was first put out in the open source category. Today, Linus Torvalds’s codes account for only about 2% of the total codes in the kernel.
- Out of top 500 fastest supercomputers of the world, Linux or its variants power 485 of those huge machines. It is termed as the king of supercomputing.
- It has a special place in Hollywood as well. Visual effects of Titanic and Avatar were developed in 3D applications on its platform using FOSS software.