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Linux Then and Now [Infographic]

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Linux has grown exponentially in the last 20 years; check out this then-and-now style infographic to compare everything from lines of code to user base to number of top super computers running the OS.

For more information about the history of Linux and the celebration surrounding its 20th birthday, hit up the link below.

The Linux Foundation [via Tech Crunch]

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  • Published 08/17/11

Comments (12)

  1. Bob

    What does “All of the above” stand for in the pie chart?

  2. Two Replies

    “All of the above” is NOT a valid answer for a question asking where it is used MOST.

  3. Two Replies

    @Bob – Totally. I second your question.
    When the pie chart lists “All of the above” as the TOP most item in it’s key, it has absolutely no meaning at all.

  4. nt0xik8ed

    hard to believe linux mint is only 4% when its the only one that works

  5. Cliffy

    I would think anyone that has used PCLinuxOS, would find it hard to beat!Overall for me it has been the most stable distro off the CD…..and I have used it for everything for the past 3 years!

    (Previously – Apple Technician)

  6. nt0xik8ed

    @ Cliffy, thats what i use now. the new kde update made it really stable too. but linux mint10 32bit gnome was one of the few distros that everything worked flawlessly or as flawlessly as linux gets

  7. AttilaTheHon

    I would imagine that the response “All of the above” might be clear if posed as:
    1) Work
    2) Home
    3) School
    4) All of the above

  8. jeffeb3

    When was the “then” from the “Linux User Habits” part?

    Also, what do the cell phone/internet users have to do with Linux? Are these just Linux cell phone/internet users?

  9. Bob

    @AttilaTheHon: Then wouldn’t All of the above always be 50% in the pie chart?

  10. Eric

    I have Linux Mint 8 on my Gateway laptop and Ubuntu 11.04, Natty, on my Desktop that has never been exposed to Windoz. Mint is just an Ubuntu knock-off. It downloads updates from the Ubuntu repository for program updates.

  11. Geo

    THEN: We didn’t have infographics.
    NOW: We have infographics, 99% of which are created by people who have a clue about graphics but no clue about info.

  12. Jase

    I love ubuntu out of the lot. But natty is ridiculous for netbooks. I have given my netbook to my sister who has global delayed development who is at the learning stages of a toddler.

    I have put Qimo Linux on the netbook for her, and it is fabulous. Qimo Linux is designed for kids even as young as 2years. This is the perfect distro for her.

    I love it because it is based on ubuntu (xubuntu)

    On my mums Pc, we have fedora Linux, and although it is more confusing at times than ubuntu is, it seems to be more easy to use, more stable and reliable overall.

    Then on my iMac, I have lots of Linux distros in parallels desktop for playing around with.

    I think this is a good article, and I understand what the author means about “all of above”
    He is just trying to keep them in percentage order.

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