Major Linux Distros Past & Present
The public genesis of the GNU/Linux distribution reaches back to August 25th, 1991 when a post by one Linus Benedict Torvalds to the comp.os.minix newsgroup announced he was working on a free operating system and that he had already ported the GNU programs bash and gcc to it. The GNU/Linux model we're all familiar with today has certainly changed since 1991 -- especially as that particular announcement noted Linus’s free OS worked only on 386/486 AT clones. Now GNU/Linux systems support many architectures and hardware environments and ranges from embedded implementations on mobile devices to massive clusters used for scientific computing. GNU/Linux can even be found in space, where recently the International Space Station (ISS) made the switch to GNU/Linux for their ISS desktops. Please sit back and enjoy as we trace the evolution of GNU/Linux through distributions past and present.