The popularity of Linux is growing at an astounding rate. But it was only a few years ago that Linux did not even exist. To understand what makes Linux tick, it is necessary to look at the history of Linux. Linux is fashioned after the UNIX operating system, so to completely know the history of Linux you must also know the history of UNIX.

History of UNIX

It was in the late sixties that development of the UNIX operating system began at AT&T Bell Labs to create a new operating system that ran on the PDP-7 computer. This development was done by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and culminated in the first release of the UNIX operating system in 1971. Subsequently, several other releases were done in somewhat quick succession, but the ...

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