1. Linux is not an OS, but it is the kernel, GNU Linux is the OS and it comes in several hundred flavours.
2. Linux Kernel was written by a 21 year finnish college student as a part of his hobby. Yup! His name is Linus Torvalds.
3. Torvalds created Linux based on GNU General Public License (GPL). Perhaps Torvalds would have never written his own kernel if GPL would be having it’s own kernel and driver.
4. Major part of today’s Linux kernel is written in C programming language and assembly language and only 2% of today’s kernel contains code written by Torvalds.
5. A Standard Linux Kernel of today has over 10 Million lines of code and it grows at the rate of 10% every year. About 4500 lines of codes are added and 1500 lines of code are changed everyday. Initially in 1991, Linux kernel version 0.01 was released with 10239 lines of code.
6. A guy named William Della Croce Jr. registered the name Linux and demanded royalty for using its name and mark. However he agreed to handover the trademark to Linus, later.
7. The Linux kernel’s official mascot is a penguin named Tux, abbreviation of tuxedo. The idea that Linux had a pet penguin comes from Linus Torvalds himself.
- SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work (hardware.slashdot.org)
- The Linux Kernel Gathered 400,000 Commits in 8 Years, Says Linus Torvalds (news.softpedia.com)
- Torvalds’ Dead SSD Delays 3.12 Linux Kernel (techweekeurope.co.uk)
- Linus Torvalds celebrates 22 years of Linux with nostalgic message (pcworld.com)