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Linux was born out of fun and boredom according to Linux torvlads, the creator of Linux. He was also very disappointed that there were no Unix variants that he can work on his cheap Intel based PC (Personal Computer). At that time the UNIX machine were very expensive and only large corporations and government entities were able to afford them such as Universities, Research and Development Labs and etc. At that time, he found a Unix variant called Minix. He was not also satisfied with the performance of Minix and decided to create the heart of operating system called Kernel by himself which will run on Intel based chips which are cheaper. He called his kernel Linux (LInus's uNIX). The first stable release was published on May of 1991 on the Internet.
Linux is mostly runs by IT professionals (and wannabies) who deals with systems in day to day basic. Linux has majorily sweeten the hearts of System Administrators and Network managers. The main attraction of Linux is being able to run on many platforms with many different environments. The last time I checked, Linux runs on Motorola, Intel x86, Intel IA64, Sparc, Digital Alpha, HP Alpha, S390 IBM mainframes and many more. And the best of all, all Linux distributions came with source code (or able to download from its original supplier's web site) so that you can see yourself for backdoors, bugs and broken functions given the fact that you have enough aptitude. Then Linux caught on with Workstations and desktop users under the same ground. People trust your peer that they will review the source codes for them so that they can get from their trust source rather than from some sales person from some company who you never met. That's also the reason why we have so many distributions with little differences. People complaining it and I shook my head. Decades of Micro$oft's dominance in the PC software business has left people with little knowledge of software system fundamentals.
The latest stable Linux kernel is 2.4.0 and it was released on January 4, 2001. The most significant improvement include redundant file systems support, many USB bus and 3D video support. You can download your kernel source for your distro here.
Kernel source download
Kernel source with RPM for RPM based systems ( Red Hat, SuSE, Caldera, Mandrake, etc..)
Kernel source with DEB for Debian based Systems ( Debian GNU/Linux, Storm, Corel, Libranet, etc..)
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