Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

Summary: Linux is 20 years so let's take a walk though time with Linux at some of its high, and low, points.

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    1999: Corel releases the first mainstream Linux desktop. While unsuccessful, it would set the path for other Linux desktop distributions, such as Ubuntu, to try to win the hearts and minds of non-technical desktop users. 

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    1999: Linux is first benchmarked against, and beats, NT in file serving. The Linux vs. Windows server operating system wars are on. 

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    2000: In 2000, IBM announced that it would invest a billion dollars in Linux in 2001. This may have been IBM's best investment ever.  While commercially a huge success, it's marketing was decideily counter-culuture as you can see from IBM's Peace, Love, and Linux image.

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  • Linux Love.

    The supercomputers and the dominant Android. The ATM and the geek's fourth computer. Every single inch and every single continent. Live on. I loves you Linux! Psssst, call me.
    LOLlolollololol
  • GNOME

    Sadly GNOME in this picture looks better than GNOME in 2011 (version 3). What were they thinking?
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @statuskwo5
      +1
      linuxforhumanbeing
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @statuskwo5
      Not to mention everything in the KDE 1.0 screen cap is completely understandable.
      ken_jennings@...
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @statuskwo5 I am so not the person to ask about GNOME 3. I think it's a really bad mis-step. I disagreed with KDE 4's initial design decisions, but at least I could see what they were trying to do. GNOME 3? I really don't get it.
      sjvn
  • It's pretty easy to date the linux desktops by simply

    seeing what version of Windows they look like.
    baggins_z
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @baggins_z <br>i would love to see you, an ignorant fool, trying to date openbox or e17 for me.
      qjqqyy
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @baggins_z
      You mean that MS was able to quickly steal the Linux ideas and implement (poorly) those?
      kirovs@...
    • re: It's pretty easy to date the linux desktops by simply

      @baggins_z
      I know you're trolling, but...

      It's pretty easy to customize the Linux desktop. Making it look like windows is a hell of a lot easier than making windows look like Linux.

      Since many people use both, that tends to happen. It's not a thumbs up to the windows desktop by any means.
      Tsingi
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @baggins_z OK here we have an OS that is immune to virus's(I know for now), has great speed, and is FREE. Why in the world would anyone go for Windows?? Oh well I dont and wont ever.
      CentristBill
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @baggins_z Granted for some. The initial interfaces did look a lot like windows. Presently, Gnome 3 / Unity don't look a thing like and thank God, neither did Gnome 2. Seams more and more like Mac/Win are taking from Linux instead of the other way around.
      armc
  • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

    Before Corel Linux there was a Caldera Linux which I used for some years. It was really nice. Corel didn't work from the word go. It was useless at picking up hardware and other things. I soon uninstalled it. Just before the Corel Linux release Corel's share price went up amazingly. However, it soon went south again.
    itadmin@...
    • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

      @itadmin@... There were several Linux desktops before Corel. But, Corel was the first one to try to reach the mass market. Heck, I thought Slackware 1.0 was a fine Linux desktop. And, it was... in its day.
      sjvn
      • The View from the Datacin

        Slackhead zombies do not take kindly to Ubuntustanis dissing the distro.
        Additionally and also.....
        Gnome? What is this thing you speak of? Where might I find this "Gnome"? Perhaps in the "Pasture" or "Xap" subdirectories?
        That which is not of the distro, is not worthy of threading the kernel and hence, should not be spoken of. So saith ArchByte Volkerding
        rlawhorn
  • RE: Gallery: The 20 most significant events in Linux's 20-year history

    This is nice collection of milestones with which I mostly agree, however, second on the list should be the switch of the kernel from its original non-commercial, hobbyist license to being released under the terms of GNU's General Public License. Had this change not occurred (in February of 1992), each of the ensuing achievements would have been improbable at best.

    I would also submit that the switchover to the GIT source code manager (also written initially by Mr Torvalds) was (and continues to be) of significant impact and deserving of mention on your Linux timeline.
    saul goode