What you may not know about Linux, Red Hat & Open Source

What you may not know about Linux, Red Hat & Open Source

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With the help of an an interesting inforgraphic, get to know some

intresting facts about Linux, Red Hat and Open Source.


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Red Hat, Linux and Open Source – the three big name in the software world.

The term Open source relates to a computer software whose source code is freely available for use or modification. Linux is a computer operating system developed on the model of open source. And Red Hat is a software company which provides open source software products.

Almost each and everyone involved in the software field must be aware of these terms. So what’s new? Well there are some untouched portion from which we might be unaware.

This article with the help of an interesting inforgraphic reveals some interesting facts about these three.

The Linux kernel celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2011; the initial announcement from Linus Torvalds was posted on August 25, 1991. The kernel which forms the core of the Linux system is the result of one of the largest cooperative software projects ever attempted.

Almost 8,000 individual developers contributed to each kernel release between ver. 2.6.11 to 3.2, and the numbers continue to increase.

Red Hat
Red Hat Linux first appeared in 1994, with an October release called-appropriately-Halloween.

The inception of Red Hat’s engineering headquarters started in a spare bedroom in Tim Burke’s (current Vice President, Linux Engineering, Red Hat) house.

The top 5 Asia Pacific stock exchanges are powered by Red Hat.

Red Hat believes in community-led innovation. That’s why Red Hat is the leading corporate contributor to the kernel, with 70,970 changes, making up 16.3% of contributors to the GNOME project in 2010.

Open Source
To recreate the Titanic on the screen in all its splendour and drama, Digital Domain relied on Red Hat’s Linux software to create the high-tech visual effects needed for the movie.

NASA’s websites are built on Linux whilst the launch countdown clock runs on Fedora servers.

Twitter, Google, Facebook are all built based on open source.

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Amrit Singh
New entry in devworx block. Trying to do a bit of romance with technical writing. I am not an expert....but not all authors are cut from the same cloth. I tweet @aemrit