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Celebrating 30 years of Linux

25th of August 2021, it’s 30 years since Linus Torvalds announced that he was working on what he described in a post to the comp.os.minix Usenet group as "a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like GNU) for 386(486) AT clones." The first official version of Linux, 0.02, was announced in October the same year.
Celebrating 30 years of Linux

30 years ago, there were probably not many who realized what a big difference Linux would make. The tech landscape was dominated by just a few big players, the Internet was just a baby with the very first web pages hosted by CERN, going live the same month as Linus’ famous post. Developers could finally collaborate, and they did it without git, slack and video meetings that we take for granted today. Linux paved the way for developers and entrepreneurs, picked up a fight with Microsoft and IBM, proving that Open Source is not only idealism it is also good for business.

Since its launch in 1991, Linux has become one of the most successful collaborative projects in history, with over 20,000 contributors. It has grown at a steady pace and has become one of the most widely used operating systems. From sensors to supercomputers, we find it in spaceships, cars, smart phones, watches and many other devices in our daily lives. 

The impact of Linux

In relation to the 30th anniversary of Linux,  The Linux Foundation asked the open source community “how has Linux has impact your life?”, and they adopted 30 penguins and named them after their submitters. They also launched a T-shirt design contest with very specific guidelines. 


Redpill Linpro has been an Open Source advocate since 1995, it is in our DNA. And Linux is very close to our heart, it is even represented in our company name, Linpro = pro Linux.

Our contribution to the celebration is one of our most popular podcast episodes, Open Source - a historical perspective, why not listen to it:

or read how you can get involved in Open Source. The more the merrier!

Written by Kirsti Stien