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Old 04-01-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Post I want to know the History of Linux.


This is my first Thread. I want to start it with a common query. please let me know about the origin and development of Linux Distributions along with GPL. I would like to know about UNIX also. How UNIX is Different from LINUX.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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All of that information is freely available online, and probably better written than anything we would be likely to post here. Just search for it and you'll find plenty.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 01:23 PM   #3
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I peeked at the first link on that page: History of Linux. The below quote is especially amusing:

Quote:
> > Other than the fact Linux has a cool name, could someone explain why I
> > should use Linux over BSD?

> No. That's it. The cool name, that is. We worked very hard on
> creating a name that would appeal to the majority of people, and it
> certainly paid off: thousands of people are using linux just to be able
> to say "OS/2? Hah. I've got Linux. What a cool name". 386BSD made the
> mistake of putting a lot of numbers and weird abbreviations into the
> name, and is scaring away a lot of people just because it sounds too
> technical.
(Linus Torvalds' follow-up to a question about Linux)
 
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Wink Brief Linux History

Hi rds087, Im new to Linux Forums also, but here is a brief history overview. You should try researching the web to get the complete and indepth history of Linux.

The Linux Kernel was introduced to the computer world in 1991 by Linux Torvalds. Linux is a kernel that helps execute programs. A kernal is the part of the os which allocatesmachine resources, and cpu cycles, to all other programs that run on a computer. It offers increased security and speed. GNU Project was introduced by Richard Stallman. The GNU is an os, but was not complete without the Linux Kernel. Linux, the kernel, and GNU, the compatible software system work work together.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 02:02 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rds087 View Post
How UNIX is Different from LINUX.
Depending on who you talk to UNIX can either be:

(a) a generic term for a class of operating systems of which Linux is a subclass,

or

(b) one of the operating systems directly descended from the original UNIX developed at AT&T Bell Labs.

Linux started as an effort to reverse-engineer the properties and capabilities of the UNIX kernel. Linux/GNU distributions for the most part strive to be compatible on the user-level with UNIX.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #6
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unix/linux

The history is available from your local library but Stallman and Tarvalds seem to have an uneasy coalescence.

Fred.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 02:12 PM   #7
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Watch this Video for a simple explanation of the history though it is a hour and a half long.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 02:48 PM   #8
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Watch this Video for a simple explanation of the history though it is a hour and a half long.
^^ HAHA who could stand watching that.
 
Old 04-01-2010, 08:53 PM   #9
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Another video documentary Linux Code

A classic Episode of Computer Chronicles - 1985 "UNIX"

Youtube has many more videos on this subject.

- Cheers

Last edited by dv502; 04-01-2010 at 09:01 PM.
 
Old 04-02-2010, 07:34 AM   #10
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Thanx

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Originally Posted by w1k0 View Post
I peeked at the first link on that page: History of Linux. The below quote is especially amusing:
Thanx.
 
  


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