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Linux turns 25

Sandra Henry-Stocker | July 11, 2016
Linux reaches the age of 25 with more than ten times that number of distributions to date. Can any of us wrap our brains around where it has gone and what it has become?

 43 3rd Party 

 5 Arch
 50 Debian 
 21 Fedora 
 12 Gentoo
49 independent
 3 Knoppix
 5 Madriva
 3 openSuse 
 3 Pacman 
 10 RHEL
 13 RPM 
 20 Slackware
 4 Slax 
 17 Ubuntu
 258 total

It is quite remarkable that so much came from a project that started out so modestly. Linus' early efforts and the participation of more than 10,000 programmers have had a huge impact on the computer industry and on how so many of us work today.

The Wikipedia page breaks its list of Linux distributions into a number of different categories or families based on the major distributions. Many fall into well known and very large Linux families -- Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Slackware -- while others are in smaller clusters. But all have their followings. How many would you recognize? Want to see if you can identify twenty five distributions selected from the 258? Check my next post for a little slideshow quiz.

I don't know about you, but I'm very excited when I take a look around and get a feel for the impact that Linux has had. If you haven't celebrated already, you might put August 25th or October 5th on your calendar. Get ready to wish Linux a very happy 25th!

Source: Techworld Australia


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