Linux turns 30 – a journey through time in pictures

Linus Torvalds released Linux 0.01 30 years ago. And thus not only created the basis for the operation of many servers and routers, but also for Google Android. We present the history of Linux in a picture gallery.

Linus Torvalds first drew attention to his work on a new operating system in a newsgroup entry on July 3, 1991. On 25/26, he announced that he was actually working on a free operating system. August 1991 in the newsgroup comp.os.minix. On September 17, 1991 (30 years ago) the shell worked for Torvald’s new operating system – the shell is still an indispensable part of every Linux system alongside the actual kernel. Torvalds has now published the source code, which is freely accessible to anyone interested to this day. The first version number was 0.01.


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Linux as the basis for servers and routers

Linux has long outgrown this early experimental stage. Yes, Linux even forms the backbone of modern IT in many areas. Your WLAN / DSL router? Runs on Linux. The web server that is hosting your website? Most likely runs on Linux. The file server in your company? Probably also works with Linux. Your smartphone? May also work with Linux – if it’s an Android device. And the market for Android smartphones is huge.

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Linux on the desktop PC

Your set-top box? Presumably also operated with Linux. Only on the desktop PC and on the notebook or netbook did Linux never really get going and still lead a shadowy existence here today. The few Linux users who use Linux on a desktop system or on a notebook, however, enjoy the standard freedom from malware and the waiver of virus scanners. And the possibility of tinkering under the hood of your operating system as you wish. Linux on the desktop computers of the city of Munich got caught between the millstones of politics – and was stopped by Mayor Dier Reiter without further ado; presumably also as a concession for Microsoft, which relocated its German company headquarters to Munich. A sad example of how politicians make IT decisions that harm taxpayers.


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Problems with Linux: Tux can also be annoying

But there is no light without shadow: Linux is sometimes a bit annoying on the desktop. An update from Suse Linux at the end of the 1990s was almost legendary. Anyone who installed the latest version of Suse Linux on their PC was looking at a black monitor. Because only the command line could be displayed. The driver for a widespread graphics card that had been available in Suse Linux up to now was suddenly no longer available. If you then researched the problem on the Internet (from another computer), you found out that a bug in Suse Linux was responsible for the missing graphics card driver. This problem was resolved after approximately six months.

Steve Ballmer also plays an important role in the history of Linux. Check out our gallery for details.


Steve Ballmer also plays an important role in the history of Linux. Check out our gallery for details.

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The contact between Suse Linux and a DSL modem shortly after the year 2000 was similarly disastrous. But Ubuntu Linux can also be a blue miracle: After an update to a new Ubuntu version, the sound system or the monitor suddenly stopped working – Resolution no longer fits. Or the bootloader goes on strike. If you have solved all these problems, however, you can look forward to a wonderfully stable and virus-free desktop operating system, with which you can surf relatively safely even in the darkest corners of the World Wide Web (assuming common sense and the correct configuration of the browser) .

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Tablet PCs are also an important area of ​​application for Linux: The Apple iPad with IOS dominates here. But many Android tablets are also sold. With the Chromebooks there is another important branch of the Linux family. Just like many mainframes in data centers, by the way. By the way: If you bought your car via – guess what software the servers run with …

But enough of the preface: We have concisely summarized the history of Linux for you in a picture gallery.

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