It is a fantastic moment to reflect that the Linux movement is 30 years old! On August 25, 1991, graduate student Linus Benedict Torvalds announced on the Usenet group comp.os.minix that he was working on "a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.".
The rest is history, and including Android, Linux now powers more than three billion active devices. It also has almost a 100% share of the Top500 supercomputers but lags in the desktop market with an under 4% share.
Beyond the numbers, Linux today has been the poster-boy of the open source movement and has scaled open source as the most dominant software model. Multiple factors are contributing to the success. In my opinion, one of the most critical factors is the GPLV2 licensing model that enabled distribution and global innovation at scale.
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