XX != Years of Linux

February 6th, 2014 by Jacob Barkdull

There's a big problem with this "20 Years of Linux" graph, and many "XX Years of Linux" graphs as most all show an incomplete history or timeline of events and milestones. The one below for example.

20 Years of Linux

You see, the graph above is missing more than 8 years of milestones.

There is a history before Linus Torvalds started writing the Linux kernel, with many very memorable milestones that are important to the "Linux" operating system.

Such as:

And that's to name only a very few. In my opinion, the events above are all important milestones. Far more important than the simple forming of the Linux Foundation. To often do people seem to favor this fake version of history where Linus Torvalds single handedly starts an entire operating system in 1991.

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