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Linux origins

Just how old is Linux?

Just how old is “Linux” I hear you ask – well the answer may surprise you. Whilst Linux does indeed dominate the world with regard to the “WWW” or “World Wide Web” the origins of the individual distribution’s can seem very confusing. Browsing the web as you do I came across this map it seems to suggest that Linux started in 1992 now as a Desktop this may be true but I a sure that Linux is considerably older than suggested here, however that is not the point of this map. This map clearly shows from humble beginnings how Linux as an operating system has evolved and diversified up to to the present day.

GNU_Linux distro timeline

Reference : Linux Origins

Author: Derek Shaw - Page reference: 4268
Last modified: Alan Campion - 2015-01-31