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7 Linux Facts That Will Surprise You

Here are seven things we bet you didn't know about Linux and why it remains a software project of historic proportions.
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Linux Kernel Approaches 19 Million Lines
In 1991, computer science grad student Linus Torvalds closed himself in his bedroom to create Linux. He emerged many weeks later with 10,250 lines of code for a working kernel. Although much more work needed to be done, Linux was off and running. A 1.0 production version of the kernel came out in 1994. As of December 2014, 20 years later, the Linux kernel had grown quite a bit. The 3.18 kernel contains 18,997,848 lines of code. It grew by 1 million lines over the course of six releases through 2014.
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Linux Kernel Approaches 19 Million Lines

In 1991, computer science grad student Linus Torvalds closed himself in his bedroom to create Linux. He emerged many weeks later with 10,250 lines of code for a working kernel. Although much more work needed to be done, Linux was off and running. A 1.0 production version of the kernel came out in 1994. As of December 2014, 20 years later, the Linux kernel had grown quite a bit. The 3.18 kernel contains 18,997,848 lines of code. It grew by 1 million lines over the course of six releases through 2014.

(Image: Maskimko via Pixabay)

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pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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3/16/2015 | 9:53:05 PM
Re: App?
@Nemos,

You have to think of the entire product lifecycle. It's not just releasing the app. There's upgrades, support, & development. If the company doesn't feel it's worth the cost & effort, that's probably why it's not released.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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3/3/2015 | 5:47:24 AM
Re: App?
I agree with you - technically there is no burden for such kind of migration. Mac OS X kernel is quite similar to that of Linux and both OSes share many tenets/facets.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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2/28/2015 | 8:49:14 PM
Re: 3 More Linux Facts That Will Surprise You
"With a combined 96.3% of the global smartphone market,[3] Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems enable the low cost and phenomenal capabilities of smartphones by directly leveraging the ability of open source software to deliver powerful capabilities without attaching huge licensing fees"

@Terry: I agree with you. I think Linux has contributed towards the OpenSource community as a whole and not just to the league of operating systems. Not a lof of people realize and acknowledge this contribution.
Nemos
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2/28/2015 | 7:48:08 PM
Re: App?
I can't understand the term "based on demand" are "you" a professional company or not it is not a big deal to migrate an application written for Mac to a linux system.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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2/28/2015 | 5:04:35 PM
Re: App?
@Nemos,

I'm not saying it's not happening. I just said it's based on demand. Not small #s but huge is what makes platforms supported or not.
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2/27/2015 | 11:46:07 PM
Retail stores
Very few computers with Linux are sold in retail stores. I wonder what will happen when consumers have a choice. I also wonder why we do not have a choice.
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2/26/2015 | 7:41:19 PM
3 More Linux Facts That Will Surprise You
 

8. The economics behind Linux are similar to those of rural electrical cooperatives: If everyone contributes just a bit of wire (or code) to the power grid (or kernel), the outcome is a shared and fully working power grid (or operating system) that none of the members could have built on their own.

9. In 2002 the U.S. Department of Defense seriously considered banning Linux and open source software. A study by The MITRE Corporation[1] convinced them to do the opposite and instead issue policies that promoted open source software[2] as a valuable cost reduction, research, and even security resource. Had the DoD instead banned Linux, the ban very likely would have spread to other federal agencies and discouraged private industry from using Linux. That would have dramatically impacted our current world because...

10. Smartphones as we know them would never have emerged without Linux and open source software. With a combined 96.3% of the global smartphone market,[3] Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems enable the low cost and phenomenal capabilities of smartphones by directly leveraging the ability of open source software to deliver powerful capabilities without attaching huge licensing fees. Apple built iOS by starting with the Unix-like BSD operating systems, and Google continues to leverage both Linux and BSD software in Android.

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[1] Google [ dod cio foss ], first hit, fourth link

[2] Google [ dod cio foss ], first hit, first link

[3] Google [ iOS Android Crushing Rival Platforms ], first hit
asksqn
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asksqn,
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2/26/2015 | 6:32:03 PM
Tux is here to stay
Linux has matured as time has gone by.  We've come a long way, baby, from the CLI.  And the fact that it attracts "new blood" should not come as a surprise to anyone except entrenched players (such as MS) and Windows-only zombies.   

For anyone contemplating the move to a 'nux distro - The two major distros today are Ubuntu (warning: Avoid v.14.04.2) and Linux Mint.  Yours truly is a proud administrator of both on a custom configured triple boot laptop.  
Nemos
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2/26/2015 | 5:57:48 PM
Re: App?
I will give you an example , hmm ok let's go skype web page, check the download page and you can see for Mac/x86/Android/Ios and Android support almost for all the known operating systems but let's do to CAD software page , where is the linux version because I cant find .... ;)  
pcharles09
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2/26/2015 | 8:09:20 AM
Re: App?
@Nemos,

Is it because the usage of the Linux versions aren't as popular? I guess developers but most of their time into the more widely used platforms.
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