History of Linux


Linux has a rich history and it is free operating system distributed very similar to UNIX operating system. This was specially designed for PC platforms and its design is so distinguishing that it gives this systems an edge over other programming systems with which users are given comparable performance to the high end UNIX workstations. World’s well known companies such as IBM and Compaq have offered systems preinstalled with Linux and some companies have now adopted to start the features of Linux packages and these companies are Red Hat, Samba and Corel. These companies can only charge for their services and their packages of documentation by using the Linux software. A large number of businesses are now using this system as most reliable and efficient system to run their businesses in more economical and efficient ways.

Linux is very famous due to its multitasking and multi user operating system that works similar like UNIX by considering its kernel and peripheral support function. Linux has all the salient features like UNIX and the Linux kernel was initially produced to be used for Intel 80386 which was developed with multitasking features. The kernel is known as the lowest factors in its functionality of operating system. Kernel is the code that is more frequently used for controlling the interface in between user interface and the devices of hardware and the scheduled programs for these processes to get the objectives of multitasking when Linux is used. All the driver devices used in the Linux kernel are the proper part of the kernel itself.

Linux is free version of UNIX which is distributed without any cost. Linus Torvalds, a student at the Helsinki University, Finland, developed this world’s most popular system in 1991 and at that time it was released freely on internet and till then it has generated large level software development phenomena all over the world. Because of its GNU functionality which was created by free software foundation, offered many useful features. The Free Software Foundation also offered software without any royalty charges to the programmers and developers all over the globe. Linux got the huge popularity when Red Hat released their first ever commercial version package with the features of technical support and documentation then it opened new doors to other companies and businesses to use this world’s best system for their organizations. Now more and more users are entering into the wide range of Linux customers due to its expansive capabilities and working versions. Linux has now covered the vast range of software development market with the latest phenomena of GNU software.

Linux has been perfected with very unique operating system and that is the best participant in its open source software movement. General Public License (GNU) covers the legality of Linux which is also known its domain as GPL. The Open Source Software is free of cost but it is not offered in the spheres of public domain. GPL only allow the users to download free software and then distribute their own version of the software to other users. The vendors who are selling these free software facility not restrict the rights of the users to buy this software. Distributers of GPL must also make sure that the software is covered and protected by the GPL licensing authority which also offers the complete source code for the software without any cost at all.