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01-A.7: FINALLY - Linux

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  • Linux

    In 1991, while attending the University of Helsinki, Linus Torvalds became curious about operating systems. Frustrated by the licensing of current operating systems, he began to work on his own system kernel, which eventually became the Linux kernel.

    It was advantageous to use the freely available code, so the GNU utilities were incorporated into the fledgling operating system. Code licensed under the GNU GPL can be reused in other computer programs as long as they also are released under the same or a compatible license. Torvalds initiated a switch from his original license, which prohibited commercial redistribution, to the GNU GPL. Developers worked to integrate GNU components with the Linux kernel, making a fully functional and free operating system.

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