Top 10 interesting linux facts to share with your geek club

Linux has found its way in almost every device we use today from laptops,mobiles and embedded systems to enterprise servers,cloud platforms and even powers the world top super computers.When Linus Torvalds(creator of first version of linux) started working on this project,little did he knew that one day his small tiny kernel will become the basic driver of almost every major device in the world.In today’s article I am going to cover some interesting facts about linux which you can easily boast around with your friends.

Interesting facts about Linux

1)The Linux Foundation estimated the value of the Linux kernel to be $1.4 billion (USD).
2)The New York Stock Exchange(world’s largest stock exchange) and even computers doing calculations at Large Hadron Collider runs on Linux.
3)The Sunway TaihuLight,world’s fastest supercomputer as of 2016, runs on modified version of Linux kernel and so does almost all of top 500 supercomputers in the world.
4)Linux reboot system call requires some magic numbers to be passed as arguments. These magic numbers represent dates important to Linus.

Linux magic numbers

Here the hex conversion of the numbers is as follows:
672274793 = 0x28121969 (Birthdate of linus torvalds)
85072278 = 0x05121996
369367448 = 0x16041998
537993216 = 0x20112000 (Birthdate of daughters of linus torvalds)

5)The LFS(Linux from scratch) Project has produced a linux system that runs an Apache web server using as small as 5 MB of disk space.
6) Linux is favorite os of major tech giants like Google,Amazon and Facebook for providing web as well as cloud services.Google has its own specialized version of ubuntu for employees called Goobuntu.
7)Visual effects of the oscar winning movies Titanic and Avatar were developed in 3D applications on Linux platform.
8)It’s roughly estimated that more than 10000 developers from many different countries and companies have contributed to its development till date making one of the most prominent open-source project of our time.
9)Andrew S Tannenbaum once said “Linux is Obsolete”.Yep the author of one of the most famous book on networking and operating systems once had made this statement.
10)The Linux kernel’s official mascot is a penguin named Tux, abbreviation of tuxedo.This was due to the fact when they were about to select the mascot, Torvalds did mention he was bitten by a little penguin (Eudyptula minor) on a visit to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra, Australia.

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