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ColoradoBiz: Getting to know Linux

Jul 11, 2000, 22:19 (1 Talkback[s])

"What Linux is, why some call it the antidote to all things Microsoft, and how to assess whether it's the right computer operating system for your business."

"In 1991, a fresh-faced computer-science student working on his master's thesis at the University of Finland in Helsinki decided to invite the world to help him develop software."

"The student, Linus Torvalds, posted his homegrown variant of the popular Unix computer operating system on an Internet bulletin board and asked for a review. It was the start of what he would call Linux."

"Torvalds attracted about 10 developers who agreed to help develop code and to freely share any changes they made to the operating system. Nine years later, this shared code remains Linux's defining feature."

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