23 Years of the Linux Kernel

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel.  Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.17-rc2 today in commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the original kernel announcement. On 25 August 1991 Linus announced his new OS project to the Minix users list. Good work for 23 years.

There has been almost 23 years of Linux vs Windows talk. Windows has taken the world on desktop, but everywhere else Linux is doing well: Linux is big player in server room. Linux is huge the tablet and smartphone spaces because Android is based on it. Linux is bug player in the embedded world. Linux is kicking windows to the curb pretty much everywhere except the desktop.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
    No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle

    Linus Torvalds released issued Linux 3.17 rc-2 on Monday.

    Linux-loving readers will note that releasing on a Monday is not Torvalds’ style. He usually releases on Sundays.

    The reason for the change is detailed on the Linux kernel mailing list as follows:

    “So I deviated from my normal Sunday schedule partly because there wasn’t much there (I blame the KS and LinuxCon), but partly due to sentimental reasons: Aug 25 is the anniversary of the original Linux announcement (“Hello everybody out there using minix”), so it’s just a good day for release announcements.”

    The release candidate itself is unremarkable: Torvalds says it is “All over the place … and nothing in particular stands out.”

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Linux 3.17-rc2
    From: Linus Torvalds
    Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 – 19:02:32 EST


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