Linux is one of the most powerful and popular operating systems available in this world. The Linux operating system was developed by Linus Benedict Torvalds when he was 21 years old. Currently there are over 300 flavors of Linux available, which can be seen on DistroWatch website.
Linux is open-source (free software), and free from viruses and other malicious software. It can be customized as per your choice. The following are the major facts about Linux that the most people did not know:
15 Interesting Facts About Linux
- Currently there are only 2% of the Linux kernel written by Linus Torvalds.
- The version of the Linux kernel is written in the C programming language.
- The first GNU / Linux was Yggdrasil commercial that was launched in Live CD format in 1992.
- A “smart” guy named William Della Croce jr. registered the name Linux and demanded royalties for the use of the trademark. Later, he agreed to take the brand to the true owner, Linus Torvalds.
- Countries like India, Russia, Brazil and Venezuela are focusing on using Linux as its open-source and efficient technology.
- The US Department of Defense, the Navy’s submarine fleet, the federal aviation administration and most US departments use Linux.
- 90% of the most powerful supercomputers in the world use operating systems based on GNU / Linux. The use of Linux in data centers in the world is very high, about 33.8% use Linux-based servers while 7.3% use Microsoft operating systems.
- Tux is the official mascot of the GNU / Linux operating system . It is sometimes claimed that the name derives from Torvalds UniX, a name suggested by James Hughes, rather than the explanation that penguins appear to wear a tuxedo.
- Initially Torvalds wanted to name the Kernel system “Freax” (a combination of free, freak, and the letter X to indicate that it was a derivative of Unix), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who administered the FTP server where the kernel was available for download, just naming the directory as: Linux kernel Torvalds, hence the name stuck.
- Debian has initiated one of the first projects based on GNU / Linux which was constituted and organized by a community of developers around the world.
- Currently, Linux is present in highly critical applications such as Japan’s bullet trains, CERN, some air traffic control systems, and control of nuclear reactors for submarines and warships.
- Linux developers are often associated with lifestyle “totally isolated from the world,” however, about 75% of the codes developed for the Linux kernel come from private sector developers. In fact, large technology companies such as Intel, Google, IBM, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Asus, HP, Analog Devices, Oracle, Novell or Red Hat help in application development, contributing to the development of the GNU / Linux kernel .
- The GNU project in 1991, had no drivers and kernel, which encouraged Linus Torvalds to create and develop the Linux kernel.
- The Linux kernel is currently the largest operating system ported in the world, running on a variety of operating systems.
- World-known companies such as Google, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc use Linux as the primary operating system.
These are some of the curiosities of the best known and most loved Open Source system in the world. Of course, there are many more interesting facts about the Linux system, but this list is designed to cover only the most interesting to the general public.