“On 14th October 1996 he wrote his famous email to the
de.comp.os.linux.misc group on Usenet. He called for other
programmers to join him to create a free desktop environment for
Linux targeted at end users. Many, many people joined. Thousands of
developers wrote millions lines of code. We did 90 stable releases
of our core set of applications alone, not counting all additional
stuff and the thousands of 3rd party applications.