10 Substantial Events in Linux History

Here are a few substantial events in Linux history:

1991 – Linus Torvalds posts his first message about his free operating system resembling MINIX. He mentions that the operating system will probably never support anything other than AT-hard drives.

1992 – Andrew Tanenbaum, a computer scientist and author of the MINIX kernel, wrote a post in response to Linus’ post in 1991. He said "Linux is Obselete" which sparked the debate about the structure of Linux. Hundreds of people were on-board with Linux at Linus’ campus; then thousands were developing and perfecting the code … soon to become hundreds of thousands.

image 1993 – The compressed kernel source was no around 800K and Linux had passed multiple revisions (15+)

1994 – Linus opened Linux version 1.1; beginning the stable development of the Linux we know today.

1994 – Caldera was formed in October 1994. I won’t go much into detail about Caldera – about all they contributed was a dual-processor Pentium machine for the development of the SMP-based kernel.

1996 – The 2.0 kernel was released and included many enhancements. The list looks like this: Multi-Architecture support (x86 and Alpha). This kernel also had support for SMP. The kernel is now around 5MByte compressed.

1996 – KDE was founded. The choice to go with the Qt toolkit was a sketchy one. Qt, at the time, did not use a free software license. The GNU team was concerned about this.

1997 – In August 1997, two projects were started to help KDE. The Harmony Toolkit was the replacement for the previously pay-only Qt libraries. GNOME was also founded but build without Qt and only built upon free software)

1999 – The kernel has doubled in size. The new kernel 2.2 release included a number of features. Finer-grained locking for improved multi-processor support. IBM announced an large project in support of the Linux operating system.

2004 – Microsoft published documents evaluating the use of Windows Vs. Linux with the name "Get the Facts" on their website. RedHat, Novell and IBM published articles in response to Microsoft’s "bent" version of the truth.


  1. Some VERY important Events were:
    2005: First Google Summer of Code
    2006: Novell releases Compiz, that gives Linux a killer feature; the best GUI -by far- among operating Systems
    2007: Preinstalled Ubuntu at DELL PCs
    2007: ASUS EEEPC

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