Linux is perhaps the world’s most powerful operating system to date. It was developed by a Finish software engineer Linus Benedict Trovalds at the age of 21 as his thesis. Presently, Linux has 300 types of codes and you can use any depending on your applications.
To know Linux better, here are the some fun and interesting facts about the Linux operating system.
- The original name of Linux is “Freax” a blend of the words of ‘freak’ and allusion of Unix. Trovalds already considered the name Linux but thought it was too egotistical. Half a year later, he decided Linux is more suitable.
- In 1991, the GNU project has no drivers or kernels which nudged Trovalds to develop the Linux kernel.
- Linux kernel is written in the programming language C.
- This operating system is a freeware. Meaning it is free from virus and malware infections.
- Linux official mascot is a penguin named Tux.
- Back in the old days, a man named William Della Croce Jr. registered the name Linux and demanded a royalty. Later on, he agreed to assign the trademark to Linus Trovalds who is the true owner.
- Russia, Venezuela and Brazil are all using Linux as a basis for their interoperable management as well as cost-efficient and technologically independent program.
- 90% of the world’s most powerful supercomputers are run on Linux.
- The US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Navy submarine fleet uses Linux.
- Meanwhile the state of Tamal Nadu in India is using Linux for education purposes.
- An unmodified version of the Linux kernel is called a “vanilla kernel”.
- The Linux operating system is used in today’s most highly critical applications such as the bullet trains in Japan, The New York Stock Exchange and in CERN as well as in control of nuclear reactors, submarines or ships including the many traffic control systems around the world.
- Linux is the widely ported operating system.
- Renowned companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Cisco, Linked In and Google are using Linux as their main operating system.
- Linux is an open source operating system. This means that no single company is solely responsible for its development. Some of the most powerful icons that collaborate and provide ongoing support and applications development include HP, Intel, IBM, Google, Dell, Asus, Analog Devices, Oracle and Novell.
With these facts, you can say that using and understanding Linux requires patience and a strong learning curve.