Linux in 2020


Hello.  Today I would like to share with you, my perspective of Linux.  Please take note that this is all my opinions and the way I see it.  If you feel that I missed something very important or have a fact or two wrong, please let me know.

So Linux was announced for the first time, on the 25 of August 1991 by a Finnish student, called Linus Torvalds.  Little did he know, and the world knows that 30 years later the world would be using it on a daily basis.

So From 1991, Linux has been maturing several Linux Distros (operating systems) came and went away, with a few of the first ones still around today.  But it was mainly/only for those who are computer "geeks" and not for everyday users.  But that all changed in October 2004, when the first version of Ubuntu was released.

Now I want to pause for a moment and talk about Ubuntu,  the CEO and founder of Ubuntu (Canonical -company behind Ubuntu), Mark Shuttleworth,  started a company in 1995, called Thawte Consulting which focused mainly on Internet security (which still makes the internet a safer place for us all today), in 1999 he sold it for $575 000 000 when he was 26 years old.
As a fellow South African, I remember the news in South Africa about it, and especially when he went up in Space as the first South African space tourist.
After that, I heard nothing about it, until 2013 which I experience Linux for the first time.

The impact of Ubuntu was huge as they had the money to invest in it, thanks to Mark Shuttleworth and they took Linux to a place where everyone can use it, and the work they put into Ubuntu benefitted all the Linux distro (operating systems).

Please take note that Linux stayed the same throughout all the time, it just matured (Linux is the kernel, the groundwork, and the rest is all built on top of it).

Another big step in the world of Linux was when Google started to use it with Android.  All current Android phones are using Linux.  The first release of Android was in September 2008.  So if you have an Android Phone, you are running Linux.

Google took another big step into the world of Linux when it released its first Chromebook in June 2011.  Chrome OS is a Linux based operating system based on Gentoo Linux, a very complicated Linux distribution,   But it is also very powerful as they could build a very secure, easy to use system.  In the beginning, it was just Google Chrome,  then Google Play was brought over in 2016, and in August 2018 Linux Apps (Crostini) came which was a major event because an easy to use Linux operating system was brought into Chrome OS, which meant many more apps for Chrome OS users,  more people get to use Linux and an opportunity to learn about Linux as it is easy to enable and remove Linux Apps, so a person can learn, break it (sometimes we learn the best when it breaks) and reinstall it easily.

So in a sense, it is one of the best places to start off with Linux as you can play around with it, learn about it, and uses all the Linux Apps which you want, and have an opportunity if you want to use a completely Linux Distro (operating system) in the future.

So Linux distros (like Ubuntu, Debian, Arch) is pure Linux systems (often called GNU/Linux, Google also uses a lot of Linux got Android and Chromebooks.  But other major companies like Microsoft also uses Linux.  Like their server operating system, Azure is Linux, and similar to Chromebooks they make it possible to add an easy to use Linux operating system inside Windows for users to enjoy the power of Linux.

So where else is Linux? Linux is not just on computers and phones.  85% of the internet runs Linux all the supercomputers in the world runs Linux.  The Hubble space station runs Linux, many IOT (Internet of things) runs Linux.  So to summarize Linux is everywhere, and it is good to get use to it and there are many wonderful ways to learn it, play around with it and become experts as Linux is in the future for sure!

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