Linux is 25 years old

Linux is 25 years old

It doesn’t seem that long since I wrote this blog post: Happy Birthday: Linux is 20 years old. The time has come around again, and now today is Linux’s 25th anniversary.

Since then a lot has happened. Shortly after this, the kernel repository was compromised, leading to re-validation of user credentials. This led to a few discussions on the platforms security, and the use of SHA-1 checksums for file validation within the Git infrastructure that hosts the kernel development code bases.

Since then we’ve moved from the version 3.0 kernel, released on 21 July 2011, through to version 4.0, released on 12 April 2015. Version 4.7 was released just recently on 25 July 2016. In total 27 versions have been released approximately every 70 days since then. (The dates have come from the kernelnewbies wiki.)

There have been many changes to the code since then, primarily the largest additions being new drivers to support additional chipsets in the graphics, networking storage driver and CPU categories. In addition, some new features and capabilities added to keep at the forefront of supporting new platforms. Given the level of development investment, I’d imagine Linux to be around for several more years to come. And if not, then it’s open-source philosophy will contribute many ideas to future systems.

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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