The History of Linux [Infographic]

Which operating system do you prefer? For the general public, Windows is the go-to operating system. After all, most computers come pre-installed with Windows – whichever version is most popular at the moment of purchase. The average user is exposed to Windows most, whether he likes it or not.

Then there’s Mac, which is a whole different story altogether. Some say that once you go Mac, you’ll never go back. And I would have to say there is some truth to that.

What many people might not have enough exposure to is Linux, a free and open source operating system that has been associated with “nerds” or “geeks”. That may be a wrong assumption, but perhaps the fact that the system is not as user friendly as Windows or Mac has something to do with it.

If you are interested in Linux, however, or you have been proselytizing about its merits for as long as you can remember, you will enjoy this infographic about its history. This infographic is not for the casual computer user, to be sure, but if you are part of the target demographics, you will certainly find hidden – and not-so-hidden gems.

linux history infographic


  1. Gliftor Draken

    If you’re going to have so many references to Stallman here, it would seem only fair to acknowledge Bell Labs for creating Unix and thereby distributing a mostly-portable OS in (proprietary) source form. Then there’s the Berkeley CSRG, which created a free network-ready Unix, and the various X Windows projects that put a face on all Unix-like operating systems. Obviously there are many, many, people and groups that contributed to what we now know as Linux, but these three are too big to be left out.