#Linux #Timeline of 24 years

#Linux #Timeline of 24 years

Linux has recently celebrating it’s 24 years, here is timeline of 24 yeas Linux adventure.

If you are new and don’t know what is Linux, checkout this quick intro video


  • 1991: This year saw the annoucement and release of the very first Linux kernel as well as the release of version 2 of the GPL, though Linux would not adopt the GPL until the following year.
  • 1992: In the now-famous Torvalds-Tannenbaum debate over microkernel versus monolithic architecture, Minix author and renowned computer scientist Andrew Tannenbaum proclaims “Linux is obsolete.”
  • 1993: Ian Murdock begins his work on the Debian, and Patrick Volkerding begins the Slackware distribution.
  • 1994: The Linux kernel hits 1.0, and Mark Ewing puts out the “Halloween release” of Red Hat Linux.
  • 1995: The Apache HTTP server, which would drive millions of Linux installations in coming years, begins development.
  • 1996: Linux version 2.0 is released, KDE is founded, and Linux finally gets a mascot in the form of Tux, created by Larry Ewing.
  • 1997: Eric S. Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar is first released at Linux Kongress1998: Netscape announces its browser will be released under an open source license, LWN opens shop to provide coverage of Linux development, the Open Source Initiative is founded, and the KDE project puts out its 1.0 release.
  • 1999: The Linux kernel hits version 2.2, and the 1.0 release of the GNOME desktop becomes available.


  • 2000: Sun announces that it is making the source code of StarOffice available for download, marking the beginning of OpenOffice.org, and SELinux is first released as open source.
  • 2001: The 2.4 Linux kernel is released, and the first Linux Kernel Developers Summit takes place.
  • 2002: Mozilla 1.0 is released, and Linus Torvalds begins using BitKeeper to manage the Linux source code repository.
  • 2003: Linux kernel 2.6 is released, and stays the current branch for an astounding eight years. Red Hat splits its flagship Linux into Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • 2004: Ubuntu, a Debian derivative, makes its first release.
  • 2005: The Free Software Foundation begins work on version 3 of the GPL, though Linux itself would ultimately stick to version 2. Git is created as an open source alternative to BitKeeper for managing the kernel source.
  • 2006: The first working prototype of the One Laptop Per Child project becomes available.
  • 2007: The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group merge to form The Linux Foundation.
  • 2008: Android, a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel, sees its initial release.
  • 2009: The first LinuxCon takes place in Portland, Oregon.


  • 2010: LibreOffice forks from OpenOffice.org.
  • 2011: Linux 3.0 is released, though the changes from the 2.6 line are mostly incremental.
  • 2012: The Wayland project begins, and Red Hat becomes the first billion-dollar Linux company.
  • 2013: The first release of Firefox OS, based on the Linux kernel, is made available.
  • 2014: Linux is now in everything, including cars, heralding the creation of Automotive Grade Linux.
  • 2015: Linux 4.0 is released, and the year of Linux on the desktop finally arrives. (If my search engine says so, it must be true, right?)

Also checkout this big documentary on Linux

Source: Celebrating 24 years since Linus Torvalds announced Linux | Opensource.com


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