Chapter 1. A History of Linux and the Open Source Movement

This chapter focuses on Linux for the audience that knows very little about it. It looks at the history of the operating system, and the open source movement of which it is a part. If you have worked with Linux for some time, you might want to jump to the next chapter. On the other hand, if you are coming to Linux from a NetWare background, this chapter should help fill in some gaps in your knowledge.

Ancient History

Long before there was Linux, there was Unix. The Unix operating system came to life more or less by accident. In the late 1960s, an operating system called MULTICS was designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to run on GE mainframe computers. Built ...

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