Sixteen years ago today, Linus Torvalds uploaded the Linux kernel 0.0.1 to the internet. He made the source code freely available to anyone interested in improving on it.
In some states, GNU/Linux is old enough to drive. In some Southern states, it’s old enough to marry its cousin.
To say that it has grown up quickly would be an understatement.
Getnix.com has created a place where you can personally thank Linus Torvalds, or Richard Stallman, or all of the Linux kernel developers for bringing GNU/Linux to the point where it is today. More importantly, you can also take the time to share with the world how and why you started using your Linux based OS.
On this day — Sept. 17 — every year, Getnix.com will be challenging you to take Linux with you into your everyday life. Wear a shirt, slap a sticker on something, wear a hat or button. Hand out Live CDs with your favorite flavor of Linux on top.
And make sure that all the candles are blown out.
(Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)