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Washington Post: Use the Source -- The Linux story

May 28, 1999, 12:28 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chip Goines)

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"Linux began life in 1991 as the part-time project of a grad student in Finland, Linus Torvalds, who wanted to create a free version of the industrial-strength Unix operating system... Since then, it's grown from one hacker's hobby to an operating system used by millions of people worldwide.

"Why has it succeeded so quickly? One, it's free... Two, its source code... comes with the operating system itself..."

"Linux is even a culture in its own right. It has a mascot -- the pudgy penguin that adorns most Linux Web sites."

Complete story.