The Linux kernel is born(e).

The Linux kernel is publicly announced on 25 August by the 21-year-old Finnish student Linus Benedict Torvalds. This is when his famous letter was released. "Hello everybody out there using minix...."

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The first distros are made.

The Linux kernel is relicensed under the GNU GPL. The first Linux distributions are created. Linux and GNU developers worked to integrate GNU components with Linux to make a fully functional and free operating system. This was very important in Linux history because this is when Linux was officially an open source/free OS. This is also when the GUI was supported for the first time.

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The kernel expands.

Over 100 developers work on the Linux kernel. With their assistance the kernel is adapted to the GNU environment, which creates a large spectrum of application types for Linux. The oldest currently (as of 2018) existing Linux distribution, Slackware, is released for the first time. Later in the year, the Debian project is established.

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Final version of Linux is released

Linus finializes all of the components of the Linux kernel and fully matures it. He then releases the 1.0 version of Linux. Commerical distributions makers like SUSE and Red Hat publish their version of 1.0 on Linux.

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Platform additions and a new kernel.

In 1995, Linux is ported to the DEC Aplha and Sun SPARC. In 1996, the version 2.0 of the linux kernel is released. It has begun using the symmetric multiprocessing or SMP, which is watched closely by big companies.

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Companies announce support of Linux.

Companies such as IBM, Oracle, and Compaq annouce their support for Linux. Netscape publicaly releases the source code on their browser suite, furthering Linux and its expansion. Developers take hold and begin to create the graphical user interface KDE.

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GNOME gets introduced, IBM shows support

Developers begin to work on developing GNOME, which is a free replcaement to the KDE graphical interface. During the same time this year, IBM also announces their support and use of Linux. In 2000, Dell announces that it is the number 2 provider of Linux based systems worldwide. In 2002, there is a big issue with the media reporting that "Microsoft killed Dell Linux."

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openSUSE begins to expand.

In 2004, The XFree86 team splits up and joins with the existing X standards body to form the X.Org Foundation, which results in a substantially faster development of the X server for Linux. In 2005, The project openSUSE begins a free distribution from Novell's community. Also the project OpenOffice.org introduces version 2.0 that then started supporting OASIS OpenDocument standards.

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Ubuntu blows up, Andriod becomes popular

In 2006, Oracle releases its own distribution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In 2007, Dell starts distributing laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed on them. In 2001, Version 3.0 of the Linux kernel is released. In 2012, The aggregate Linux server market revenue exceeds that of the rest of the Unix market. In 2013, Google's Linux-based Android claims 75% of the smartphone market share, in terms of the number of phones shipped.

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The Linux market has expanded.

In 2014, Ubuntu claims 22,000,000 users. In 2015, Version 4.0 of the Linux kernel is released. By 2018, there are multiple different flavors of Linux, inlcuding; Debian, Ubunutu, Red Hat, Arch, Manjaro, and many more. Linux is used more than windows in the server industry.

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