For most people, Linux means absolutely nothing, and half of them probably don’t even know it is an operating system for computers, and even devices can run the Linux Code. In our modernly advanced societies, we have some of the most dynamic technological options ever known to man, and many of these gadgets and how they function couldn’t have been done without the use of Linux.
Linux, aptly named after a computer programmer named Linus, was a code that started in the early generations of computers, and goes as far back as 1983, and 1991 when two developers really advanced the concept of Unix-based operating systems that did not have a main kernel, which is kind of like a kernel of corn in a corn stalk — in that it can be replicated across a wide range of devices using the same kernel system – which contributed to the emerging concept of “networks” and “networked computing”, and our whole infrastructure of connectivity that manages everything from banking to electricity management, and is one of the greatest events in history to bring forth the concept of mobile networking.
For people that are aware of these movements, the comparison is similar to that of a cult of worship to those who created the computers, as they have made a huge impact on the lives and careers of those who depend on Linux as an operating system. While I am personally not a Linux user, I started jumping on-board the GNU train at an early age in the 1990s when there was a sort-of underground cultish movement into Linux as an alternative operating system that offered some higher grade security options, which still holds true today. At that time, the whole concept of networking was coming on board, and I lent my old computer to a friend who used FREE-BSD – a division on Linux to partition my old Pentium 1633 with a 6 GB storage area that could be accessed by hitting a few hot keys during startup.
I ran that computer for a long time, and never did use the BSD / Linux side, and that was the extent of my trip into Linux, until recently, I have started to become interested in computer science, and plan to get more into Linux and see what it is one of the few operating systems that survived in the face of mainstream competitors like Apple, IBM, and Microsoft, when being an underdog usually meant elimination. The computers at the time were measured by their clock speed, and used Pentium Processors, which are predecessors to our contemporary microchips, which are smaller, and more powerful. In many ways Linux offered an environment of collaboration and was a pioneer of the Open Source movement as well, which has long been an important part of computer culture, where early computer-geeks fought against organizational computing restrictions, to make data sharing, and collaboration free and universally beneficial.
Linux Means Different Things to Different People
For this guy, (insert image of Linux.org/threads) Linux means more than just a trip down memory lane, as he is actively using the operating system as an entertainment centre, reporting tool, and much, much more.
Others use Linux as a web hosting platform to manage content, provide security, and backup records using its own special code, and techniques.
Linus Torvalds Becomes a Legend
To the cult of Linux users, who depend on it to run their businesses, and lives, Linus Torvalds is a legend. Only now being recognized as one of the leaders and pioneers in computing, Linus, AKA Linux Godfather, is a very unique individual who was recognized for his development of the Linux system.
Linux Has Loyal Following
Much like the organizations who dedicated part of their facilities to Linux, Windows NT became a hot trend, tailoring to large institutions that operated in the Local Area Networking (LAN) environment, which allowed for local Kernels to provide better intranet communication, and a much more affordable work base since the Linux operating system was a free-to-use open-source product, where the extra effort to learn the “ins and outs” offered starving students to put their money into hardware items such as data storage and processing chips rather than expensive software.
Other Organizations like www.slashdot.org and millions of other websites have been developed and dedicated to Linux, and some people speculate that Linux may even increase its market share. As computers and devices continue to evolve, it may be that Linux continues its evolutionary progress, and turns out to be a contender to be the longest-distance runner in the operating system race that survived hardships of corporate campaigns against open-source movement.
So What Does Linux Mean to You?
For some, it is a lifetime of dedication to the code of computing, a start of a movement that would not die, or bow down to simpler operating systems, a source of code that could be replicated, built upon, shared, tweaked, and reworked for a variety of purposes, a source code that could be changed to fit with the ins and outs of specific needs, for specific organizations, and kernels that could be isolated and protected against other operating systems that used different protocol.
In many ways, it is surprising that Linux has made it as far as it has, and it begs the question, of LINUX: Where Do We Go From Here? Stay tuned, as we begin a new lead on the next Dmoz of Linux, and its search for greater frontiers in computing. Coming Soon!