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15 Most Interesting Linux Facts

15 Most Interesting Linux Facts

1. Only 2% of the current Linux kernel written by Linus Torvalds.

2. The Linux kernel version is written in the programming language C.

3. Countries such as Russia, Brazil and Venezuela have put their focus on Linux           as a basis for interoperable management, cost efficient and technologically                  independent.

4. The first commercial distribution GNU / Linux was Yggdrasil was launched 
      Lice-CD format in 1992. Red Hat was one of the first distributions to settle within 
      companies and data centers in 1999.

5. A guy named William Della Croce Jr. registered the name Linux and demanded 
      royalties for use of the mark. Later, he agreed to assign the trademark to the true 
      owner, who is Torvalds.

6. 90% of the world’s most powerful supercomputers using an operating system  
      GNU / Linux, in fact, the top ten of supercomputers use Linux. In fact, the 
      penetration of Linux in data centers is very high, 33.8% of the world runs on Linux 
      servers compared to 7.3% does so in a Microsoft operating system.

7. The name of the penguin, Tux, is not entirely clear. On the one hand, it is said 
      that the origin of the name comes from the fact that penguins appear to be 
      wearing a tuxedo, which in English is said max tuxedo tux and is abbreviated. In 
      contrast, another source comes from the letters of the logo of Tux are Unix 
      Torvalds.

8. U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet and Federal Aviation 
      Administration uses Linux in government offices. Indian state of Tamil Nadu uses 
      Linux for education purpose.

9. Linux programmers are often associated with living “isolated” in the world, 
      however, over 75% of the code developed for the Linux kernel came from private        sector developers. In fact, large technology companies like Intel, Google, IBM,            AMD, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Asus, HP, Analog Devices, Oracle, Novell or Red 
    Hat help developing applications, contributing to the core or pre-installing any GNU 
    /Linux their machines. In fact, during the 2003 Super Bowl (which paralyzes the 
    United States and remains glued to the TV for many Americans), IBM delivered a 
    beautiful ad talking about Linux and open source options.

10. Torvalds wanted to call the kernel Freax (a combination of “free”, “freak”, and 
           the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who 
           administered the FTP server where the kernel was hosted for download, the 
           download directory called kernel of Linux Torvalds.

11. The GNU project in 1991, had no drivers and kernel, that’s what led to Linus 
          Torvalds to address the Linux kernel development. If GNU had had, perhaps,               Torvalds had not been put to work on that.

12. Debian was one of the first GNU / Linux that was constituted and organized as 
          a community of developers.

13. Linux is present in highly critical applications such as Japan’s bullet trains, 
          traffic control, San Francisco, the New York Stock Exchange, CERN, many air 
          traffic control systems or control of nuclear reactors of submarines and ships 
          many nuclear war.

14. The Linux kernel is now the most widely ported operating system, running 
          on a great variety of operating systems.

15. World known companies such as Google, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter etc use Linux as their main operating system.

Saumya Ekanayake
Saumya is a former contributor at Nerdynaut Staff from Sri Lanka.
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